Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as Barcelona sink Spurs

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I say it honestly, not because he plays on my team.

Provided with the grandest of stages and 82,000 fans, the Argentine maestro responded by scoring two goals to take his Champions League haul to 105, instigating two others and twice being denied by the same upright.

While speaking to Movistar+, Messi insisted that his team needs to stop giving opportunities to the opponents for capitalizing.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic fired Barca into a two-goal lead at the break as the La Liga champions looked to bounce back from a three-game winless run.

"I'll tell my kids about it tomorrow on the school run".

Messi also hit the post twice, as well as playing a fine pass to Jordi Alba in the build up to Coutinho's opener, as Barca earned a much-needed win after failing to beat Girona, Leganes or Athletic Bilbao in the last 10 days.

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Tottenham steadied themselves after conceding, but struggled to create anything going forward, as Barca held over 60 percent of the ball in the first half.

Spurs scored quickly through Harry Kane before Lionel Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead.

But even if the bulk of his achievements are already written in the history books, he still possesses the magical ability to appear superhuman on a football pitch.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. "When he's in that form, he's magic to watch".

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes. The Brazilian didn't have a simple finish, but with Lloris out of goal it was a lot easier than it should have been.

He scored one on that occasion, but he made it two against Spurs by burying a chance following another Suarez dummy in the 90th minute. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a ideal dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards. "His average performance is this type of game, above everything else".

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