A perfect 10 for Lionel Messi in our player ratings as Barcelona overpower Tottenham

Andy West 4/10/2018
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Messi scored twice against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Two goals from Lionel Messi allowed Barcelona to secure a 4-2 victory at Tottenham and the Argentine is the predictable man of the match in our player ratings.

It was a strong display from the visitors and Messi had plenty of help. Find out who starred and struggled with our player ratings.

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen – 6: Made a magnificent save from Lamela’s deflected cross in the first and had no chance with either Spurs goal.

Nelson Semedo – 6: A curious combination. Some excellent play on the ball and a threat going forward, but looked vulnerable defensively.

Gerard Pique – 6: Had some uncertain moments in line with his recent poor form but stood up to the challenge in the frantic latter stages.

Clement Lenglet – 6: Made a mistake in the build-up to Lamela’s goal, but compensated with a great late block on Moura. Generally solid.

Jordi Alba – 8: Great no-look pass for the opener and completed a hat-trick of assists by sliding precise passes for both of Messi’s goals.

Ivan Rakitic – 8: Rounded off an elegant performance with a spectacular volleyed goal, showcasing awesome technique to strike from distance.

Sergio Busquets – 8: Imperious in the centre of midfield, always finding the right pass despite often coming under heavy pressure.

Arthur – 8: A revelation. Rose to the occasion after a surprise inclusion with a good Xavi impression. Ran the show in the first hour.

Philippe Coutinho – 6: Tidy finish for the opener and had plenty of threatening moments but was often too hasty with his passing.

Lionel Messi – 10: Hit the post twice in three minutes and then got bored of that so decided to score. And then score again. Beyond words.

Luis Suarez – 7: Didn’t get on the scoresheet but worked like a Trojan all night and produced two selfless dummies to tee up Messi’s goals.

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Rafinha – 5:  Came on for Coutinho near the end but barely had a touch, struggling to adjust to the pace of the game.

Arturo Vidal – 6: Added some muscle to the visiting midfield for the final few minutes as Spurs pressed for a leveller.

Thomas Vermaelen: Introduced at the death to deal with Llorente’s aerial threat and did what he had to.

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Hello Barca fans, the Sport360 team is here to bring you the latest on all things Barcelona on Wednesday.

Blaugrana will be in action this evening for a Champions League clash against Tottenham at Wembley as they look to put the disappointment of three straight winless La Liga matches in the rear-view mirror.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

3:15pm – Barca make history, beat rivals

Barcelona have set a new benchmark as the Catalan club announced they surpassed the billion dollar mark for revenue, making them the first sports team to do so.

It also means the Spanish giants have beat their rivals, Real Madrid, to the title.

Read more on Barcelona’s accomplishment here.

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2:05pm – Rakitic fires Wembley warning

As Barcelona return to Wembley tonight to meet Tottenham, Ivan Rakitic has called on his team-mates to replicate the triumph they had at the same venue in 2011, when the beat Manchester United in the Champions League final.

Watch what Rakitic had to say here.

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11:40am – Valverde talks up Kane

Ernesto Valverde recognises the danger Harry Kane presents for Barcelona heading into the Champions League tie against Tottenham.

The Barcelona boss spoke highly of the English star, saying: “We expect his best tomorrow and we must try to stop him.”

See what else Valverde had to say here.

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Things are looking rosy for Barcelona off the pitch.

It has been a tricky start to the season for La Blaugrana on it but news of record revenue returns for the 2017-18 fiscal year has underlined the Catalan giants’ growing financial muscle in world sport.

The Camp Nou club confirmed it raked in $1.05 billion (€914 million) in revenues during the period, making them the first professional sports team to surpass the billion dollar mark.

In this same period, Barcelona’s operating income (before taxes and other costs) stood at $204 million, making a cool after-tax profit of $15 million.

Even eternal rivals Real Madrid are left in Barca’s wake, given Real’s top revenue turnover so far is $892 million.

And for the upcoming year ahead, president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his wider team have not reigned in their off-the-field targets, with club hierarchy budgeting a revenue return of $1.105 billion (€960 million) for the 2018-19 campaign, as well as an operating income of $220 million (€191m).

Remarkably, according to Barca’s long-term strategic plan – which includes a complete world-class renovation of the Camp Nou to be ready for the 2022-23 season – they expect to reach a €1bn revenue sum by 2021.

In the small print, towards the end of Barca’s media release, it stated the world-record fee received for Neymar last summer (€222 million) and additional rights, would be incorporated into the budget for this season.

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