Xavi: Messi goal scandalous

Barcelona were 3-1 winners over Athletic Bilbao as they completed a domestic double following their league triumph and once again it was Messi who stole the show.

Messi, starting just inside the Athletic half near the right touchline, weaved his way past four defenders and then beat Iago Herrerin at his near post for a stunning strike in the Nou Camp clash after 20 minutes.

Neymar rounded off a neat team move to double Barcelona’s advantage nine minutes before the break and Messi put the game further out of Athletic’s reach by stabbing home a third goal after 74 minutes.

“We have absolute confidence right now,” Xavi told the club’s official website before waxing lyrical about Messi’s strike. “(It was) scandalous, awesome. I think it’s one of the best goals he’s ever scored.”

Team-mate Javier Mascherano added: “Maybe that was one of Messi’s best goals. Goals are also measured by the importance of the match and by the opponent. Leo worked his magic and that moved things in our favour.”