Barcelona 8, Huesca 2: Messi inspires at Camp Nou

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Messi, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest ever players, has won a host of individual accolades during his career.

The Barcelona star could have justifiably expected to be on the shortlist for the top award Federation Internationale de Football Association hand out at their annual gala.

Despite Messi scoring 45 goals in 54 games for Barcelona last season, he didn't make the cut, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah all being selected.

Messi believes Ronaldo's sale weakens Madrid, but Suarez warned against underestimating them, highlighting the fact that some players, like Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, have taken on bigger roles since the Portuguese forward left.

And Luis, who's come up against the 31-year-old in La Liga, has added his views to the chorus of derision.

When Messi retires, which I hope will be a long time from now, they should leave the No 10 there so that nobody can touch it again. When he's not there, the award loses its credibility.

Barcelona returned to the Camp Nou in some style after running riot by an 8-2 score line against La Liga's newcomers SD Huesca.

Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Camp Nou, where the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has claimed 33 titles - including four Champions League crowns.

Barcelona now sit on the top of the pile alongside Real Madrid who also boast a 100% record in the Spanish League.

Dembele looked to get on the end of things three minutes later, but a shot off a cut back from the edge of the box just skinned the left-hand post.

"Last year was the worst because of the result we had in the first leg and how the game went in the second leg". We have a quality team and a coach to be able to win everything.

Barcelona now face a wait for their next fixture due to the global break.

Ernesto Valverde will be hoping the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is firing again when Barcelona take on Real Sociedad a week on Saturday.

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