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Barcelona boss Valverde shrugs off criticism ahead of Real Valladolid clash

Barcelona boss Valverde shrugs off criticism ahead of Real Valladolid clash

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said he had "run out of words" after Lionel Messi clinched yet another landmark as Barca thrashed Real Valladolid 5-1 on Tuesday.

Valladolid had threatened to make a game of it when Kiko Olivas benefitted from a rare Marc-Andre ter Stegen error to equalise, after Clement Lenglet had struck in the second minute.

Of the three, Messi is the current in-form player with the Argentine rediscovering his goal scoring touch along with providing numerous assists for his team-mates. The goal was also his 50th from a free-kick, 44 of which have come for the Spanish side.

Messi sniped in a free kick in the 34th minute, giving Barcelona a 3-1 edge.

However, despite playing in three major finals with Argentina - a World Cup and two Copa Americas - Messi and the Albiceleste were beaten each time to leave the forward without an worldwide trophy despite netting 68 goals and registering 44 assists in 136 games for his country.

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Valverde's facet have now gained seven consecutive matches in all competitions, a run that started by beating Villarreal on September 24, when Messi returned from damage to make his first begin of the season.

Messi flicked one thru the legs of Oscar Plano, who threw his head lend a hand and for a moment stopped useless in frustration.

Suarez then finished Valladolid off, tucking away after being released by Messi's incisive pass.

Messi missed out on a hat trick when his close-range shot in stoppage time went wide. Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has 606 goals in 814 games - 119 more games than Messi.

"It is not easy to take the games forward, Valladolid tied against Atletico and Real Madrid and it is not easy to beat them".

Atletico sit third, two points behind Barcelona and level with Granada, having played one game more.

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