Messi salutes Maradona as Barcelona trounces Osasuna

Dilemma for Koeman as Barca prepare to face

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The Argentine also looked to the screen showing Maradona's picture at the Nou Camp and raised both hands in the air. After a couple of electric starts to the ongoing edition of the La Liga, the club's new manager has come face to face with the bevy of absurd issues he has to resolve if he's to protect his job at the club.

On Friday, Koeman said the best tribute his team could pay Maradona was to "show what we can do on the pitch".

Messi adorned a brilliant team display with a thumping strike into the top corner in the second half, after Martin Braithwaite had broken the deadlock and Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho had scored either side of halftime.

Barcelona had an oversized No. 10 shirt at midfield before the game, and Messi clearly had Maradona in and over his heart on Sunday.

Messi feinted his hand towards the ball as it crossed the line for Martin Braithwaite's opener, nearly mirroring the famous goal scored by Maradona to knock England out of the 1986 World Cup.

Griezmann doubled the hosts' advantage on 42 minutes with a stunning volley from just inside the penalty area following Jon Moncayola's headed clearance.

Griezmann then passed up another scoring chance and opted to assist Coutinho to tap in the hosts' third goal in the 57th.

Forward Messi, 33, unveiled a Newell's Old Boys shirt - one of Argentina great Maradona's former clubs - after his side's fourth goal.

"I have spoken with the doctor and it seems we will have to wait until tomorrow, but it's not that serious", Barca coach Ronald Koeman said postmatch.

After scoring the "Hand of God" goal in 1986, Diego Maradona scores again, a spectacular effort against England. "We Europeans don't realise how big Maradona is in Argentina". The Newell's Old Boys shirt Messi wore had the iconic No 10 at the back.

Despite being sidelined and played with by someone at the moment, we are still going to build confidence in Barcelona's backline for the day's competition.



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