Compatriot Diego Maradona was honored by Lionel Messi in style when Barcelona comfortably defeated Osasuna at Camp Nou.
Antoine Griezmann starred and as Barcelona crushed Osasuna 4-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday, Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona.
Ronald Koeman had invited his players to deliver a show suited to the former hero of Barca and Argentina, who passed away this week.
Griezmann scoring the pick of the goals in a fine display against a side who won 2-1 in July at this ground, they duly delivered.
There were also goals by Martin Braithwaite, Philippe Coutinho and Messi, who after scoring the fourth, praised compatriot Maradona with his celebration.
After Griezmann teed up the Brazilian, a superb goal-line clearance from Unai Garcia kept Coutinho from opening the scoring.
In scrappy form, the breakthrough finally arrived.
Messi’s pass broke the defense, Coutinho was spotted by Jordi Alba, Sergio Herrera saved his shot, and Braithwaite’s rebound, but with Messi’s help, the latter managed to bundle the ball over the line.
After a superb double saving by the keeper, Ante Budimir turned past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the objective was rightly ruled out for offside against Oier Sanjurjo.
After Alba’s cross had been cleared to the edge of the box, Barca doubled their advantage just two minutes later, Griezmann walloping a volley past the motionless Herrera.
After strong work from Braithwaite to take back possession in the Osasuna half, Griezmann turned provider 11 minutes into the second half, teeing up Coutinho for a tap-in.
As they sustained another defensive injury, Clement Lenglet was unable to proceed after seemingly injuring his hamstring, a good outing for the Catalans was soured.
Until Ousmane Dembele had a goal thrown out for offside, Roberto Torres rattled the post, but Messi quickly made it 4-0 with a fierce shot from the edge of the box, then stripped his Barca shirt to show a Newell’s Old Boys jersey emblazoned with the number 10.
And what is next?
Barca, who reached for the Champions League last 16, will visit Ferencvaros on Wednesday before the league trip to Cadiz next Saturday. Osasuna has a week to get ready to play a home game against Real Betis.