Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo
File photo of Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo

It was the fifteenth minute of the game between FC Barcelona and Villarreal in the LaLiga. Barcelona were 1-0 up, the ball went out for a Barcelona throw and Nelson Semedo picked up the ball and threw into the field of play consuming as much less time as he could have. Sergio Busquets then passed it on to Arthur Melo, a good few yards outside the box. Things looked completely normal and it looked as if it would take a while for a chance to be created. Thinking the same, if a spectator, for a moment looked at his bottle to see if it still had some drink left in it, he would hear a huge cry of extreme joy and disbelief in the Camp Nou, and when he would take a look at the pitch, he could only see the ball in the back of the net and the Barcelona players celebrating.

Arthur Melo had scored an absolute worldie from a distance of over 30 yards, past Sergio Asenjo, who could believe it only as much as he could react to the thunderous strike.

 

Prior to the stunning goal from Arthur, Barcelona had opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Antoine Griezmann. Then after an extra-ordinary effort, the game subsided to a more normal level, until the world went buzzing again as Lionel Messi limped off the pitch just before half time. To make matters worse for the home side, Santi Cazorla pulled one back for Villarreal and the referee blew the whistle for half time.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of the Catalans, who have been under tremendous pressure in the past few week after a not so good start to the season. More so on the manager Ernesto Valverde.

Thier poor run of form is partly believed to be because of the absence of their talisman Lionel Messi, who seems to be injured yet again, before surviving a half. You can at least believe that is what his manager thinks about his star player when he says “the world stops” in absence of the player.

It should be an interesting few weeks for Barcelona ahead of them, with speculations looming over their manager and injury concerns brewing over their star player.