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WATCH: Messi bags terrific assist, goal to push Barcelona second

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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (2L) celebtates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on February 27, 2021. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

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GOATs are gonna GOAT.

Lionel Messi had a goal and an assist as Barcelona pushed one of its title threats a bit back with a 2-0 win at Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi found Ousmane Dembele with a sensational through ball before keeping hold of a bounding ball on a mazy dribble to salt away the points for Barca.

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Barca moves back above Real Madrid by a point, though their Clasico rivals have played one fewer match. Atletico Madrid remains two points clear of Barca, having played two fewer matches than Ronald Koeman’s Blaugranas.

Sevilla is five back of Barca with a match-in-hand.

Atleti hosts Villarreal on Sunday, while Real Madrid hosts fifth-place Real Sociedad. The Madrid derby is March 7 and the next El Clasico is April 11 in Madrid. Atleti visits Barca on May 9.

Barca limited Sevilla to two shots on target, holding 56 percent of the ball and taking nine shots.

Messi’s 19 goals lead La Liga, three more than Luis Suarez. He also has four assists in 1,645 minutes.

Only Robert Lewandowski (34), Bruno Fernandes (25), Harry Kane (24), and Kylian Mbappe (24) have more goal contributions than Messi in a top five league this season. All have played more minutes, the nearest being Mbappe’s hour-plus more on the pitch.

Here’s the Messi goal.

If we one day find out that Messi found a way to put imperceptible magnets in the ball, his shin guards, and feet, it might make more sense. Instead, it’s just something sacred inside this guy.

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