Valverde hails 'unbelievable' Messi after landmark goal


Coutinho and Suarez played a lovely one-two as they surged towards goal, with the former playing through the latter. That's Barcelona's second goal of the night, and it's Messi's 400th La Liga goal of his career.

Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has urged Philippe Coutinho to fight for his spot in the squad, after he returned to goalscoring ways. "They are incredible numbers".

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Barcelona's all-time top scorer reached the landmark in the 53rd minute when Luis Suárez passed to him inside Eibar's area.

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Busquets pinged the ball left to Coutinho, who twice exchanged with Suarez before the Uruguayan, off balance, found the far corner.

"He should be proud", said Suarez, who scored Barcelona's other two goals.

Among his 400 finishes have been 83 braces and 31 hat-tricks, helping to put him 89 goals ahead of the league's second top-scorer Ronaldo.

In fact, this was one of Messi's quieter nights in terms of performance and in another team it might have been Suarez or Philippe Coutinho picking up the plaudits. "Once we scored, the game opened up for us" said Suarez.

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Eibar left-back Marc Cucurella, who is on loan from Barca, also troubled his parent club with some powerful runs which impressed the home crowd.

Griezmann ensured that Atletico stayed in touch with Barcelona. No team has scored more in La Liga.

However, he has found life more hard in his second season and has started only one of Barca's last five fixtures: the 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham in December when coach Ernesto Valverde picked a weakened XI with first place in the group already secured.

Eibar are again enjoying another impressive campaign, but Barcelona were rampant in the period between their second and third goal, while the tempo remained high entering the final 30 minutes of action.

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