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Lionel Messi breaks free-kick deadlock with Cristiano Ronaldo as resurgent Barcelona thump Granada

Lionel Messi breaks free-kick deadlock with Cristiano Ronaldo as resurgent Barcelona thump Granada

Barca cruise

Ronald Koeman’s men made the trip to Andalusia a short time ago, for the club’s latest La Liga outing.

The Blaugrana headed into proceedings with their tails up, having looked much improved over the last couple of weeks.

A hard-fought 3-2 victory at Athletic Bilbao during the week made it 3 wins from 4 for the Catalans, guiding Barca back into the Spanish top-flight’s top-4.

And, as outlined above, when all was said and done at Los Carmenes this evening, the upturn in form being enjoyed by Koeman’s outfit only continued.

A dominant display on the part of the visitors eventually saw Barca rack up 4 goals without reply.

Antoine Griezmann was first on target, slotting home on the turn amid major protests on the part of Granada’s stars.

Lionel Messi was next up, picking out the top-left corner with a typically sweet left-footed finish:

And the Argentine was back at it again shortly before the interval, this time finding the bottom corner of the home side’s net with a pinpoint free-kick:

Ronaldo tie broken

Messi’s superb free-kick, meanwhile (which was followed early in the 2nd-half by Griezmann’s 2nd of the evening), as well as essentially sealing all 3 points for Barcelona, also came as a significant one in the long-standing individual battle between the 33-year-old and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi’s set-piece strike versus Granada marked the 48th of his storied club career.

And, as since revealed by statisticians OptaJoe, this marks one more free-kick than Juventus hitman Ronaldo has managed to net over the course of his legendary career at club level:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.