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As uncertainty surrounds Lionel messithe future in Barcelona, the Argentine superstar’s goal against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night contained evidence that even brighter days could be seen on the horizon at Camp Nou.
Messi can now negotiate with foreign clubs as he enters the final six months of his contract at Barça, with little sign of a new deal being reached after his explosive transfer request in the summer.
While Barcelona have had a difficult time with new boss Ronald Koeman in 2020-21, there have been a number of encouraging signs in the performances of some of their young players, notably Pedri and Ansu Fati.
Pedri has already shown he’s operating on the same wavelength as Messi with eye-catching assist for the 33-year-old’s record 644th goal (don’t start, Pele) for Barcelona.
And the duo were once again joined to devastating effect in Barça’s La Liga clash at Athletic Bilbao. Athletic took the lead from the start through Iñaki Williams, only for Pedri himself to tie.
Then the 18-year-old scored a brilliant goal against Messi to put Barça ahead with a cheeky heel that fooled the Bilbao defense.
Messi puts Barça ahead! 🔵🔴
Pedri is starting to build a good relationship with Messi 👀 pic.twitter.com/AIUrUgDtp5
– Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) January 6, 2021
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