Lionel Messi gets 8 on his 500th La Liga appearance: Barcelona player ratings at Huesca
Barcelona won 1-0 at bottom side Huesca as Lionel Messi became the first foreign player to make 500 appearances in Spain’s La Liga.
Messi returned for Barca after missing the final game of 2020 with an ankle knock and swung in a cross for Frenkie de Jong to divert home for the only goal on 27 minutes.
Although Ronald Koeman’s side began a potentially season-defining run of four consecutive away matches with a comfortable win, they remain a distant 10 points behind Atletico in fifth having played a game more.
“In general, aside from the last 20 minutes we played well,” said Koeman.
“We created a lot of danger, which isn’t easy against a team that shuts up at the back. We got a great goal and we had two or three more chances to pull away.”
Player ratings from the match can be seen in the gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe on the picture.