Barcelona’s emergency signing Martin Braithwaite joked he “may perchance perchance presumably also now not wash my dresses after I hugged Lionel Messi” after atmosphere up one among the Argentina tale’s four aims in a thumping lift over Eibar.
Barca were given special dispensation to stamp veteran Middlesbough man Braithwaite this week, and he came off the bench to play a portion in late aims for Messi and Arthur that establish the stress aid on title rivals Real Madrid.
“Messi congratulated me, he is a mountainous guy and tried to assemble me in level of fact feel cheerful on the pitch by passing to me generally,” Braithwaite, 28, said.
“I’m very cheerful to cling given my first relief to Leo.”
‘We now cling made an unparalleled signing’
Messi scored three aims in 26 first-half minutes sooner than adding a late fourth from Braithwaite’s saved try as Barcelona moved two aspects above Real Madrid, who face Levante later.
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After a slack delivery, Messi scored a sensational opener when he rounded off a splendid solo bustle by chipping the ball over Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic after 14 minutes.
As half-time approached, one more mercurial burst of tempo culminated in Messi firing a second low into the nook, and the Argentina ahead converted from a loose ball three minutes later to execute the contest sooner than the spoil.
Eibar continued to battle in the second half as every aspect had aims dominated out for offside, nevertheless the hosts done with a flurry as Messi capped a exquisite person performance alongside with his fourth three minutes from time and Arthur done the rout.
Coach Quique Setien admitted he used to be surprised by the impact made by his new signing.
“Braithwaite did bigger than I expected, vital extra,” said Setien.
“Honestly, I feel now we cling made an unparalleled signing. He’ll adapt perfectly to what we’re attempting to fabricate, he used to be all in favour of two aims and he understands the sport so smartly.”
Reigning La Liga champions Barca face Napoli in the Champions League closing-16 on Tuesday, sooner than travelling to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Sunday.