October misery gone as Messi awakens from 'slumber'

El Loco talks about Lionel Messi's revival after a 'slumber' due to a thigh injury that saw the Argentinean lose form.


Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi.

He is back in serious business as proven by that superb and 'cheeky' goal scored in Barcelona's 3-1 win over AC Milan in the Champions League at Nou Camp on Wednesday.

It was classic Messi goal as he chipped the ball over the Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati after a one-two with Cesc Fabregas.

Some have already been questioning whether the Argentine wizard has lost it and whether he is on his way down - just because of his subdued form having only scored one goal in October.

Now Barca and Argentina supporters must be relieved to see Messi back with a vengeance. He seems to have put an end to his dry spell against Milan.

Messi, 26, has just recovered from a nagging thigh problem. And that must be one of the reasons for his out-of-sorts performances last month.

"Playing 90 minutes after 90 minutes is good for me to get my fitness up, to get back to the pace I was at before the injury," Messi said, after the Milan match.

"I've had two injuries very close together, over a short space of time, and they take their toll. I'll keep improving little by little, so I'm not worried."

Now it will be interesting to see how Messi will fare when Barca take on Real Betis in an away La Liga match on Sunday.

Don't bet against him getting a goal or two at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla as the champions aim to maintain their unbeaten streak.

And it must also be noted that Brazilian sensation Neymar is getting better and better by the day. This is bad news for Barca's opponents.

He may not have scored against Milan but he played an influential role. On current form, he is the most dangerous Barca player together with Fabregas.

Opponents could only stop Neymar by fouling him. And the 21-year-old is also making a habit of playing a key role in Barca's big matches.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Victor Valdes, who has passed the legendary Oliver Kahn as the goalkeeper to make the second most Champions League appearances.

The match against Milan was Valdes' 108th in this elite European competition. Only Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas, with 132, has played more games.

"Today I may be able to beat my idol, Oliver Kahn, for the most competitive Champions League matches. A proud achievement for me," the 31-year-old Valdes posted on Twitter after the match.

Valdes is enjoying good form and Barca must be hoping he will change his mind and stay at Nou Camp nerxt season.

Big clubs like Arsenal and Monaco have been reportedly keen to sign the Spain international but France may well be his destination.

Latest and interesting development, this one.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has named Brazil-born striker Diego Costa in his squad for this month's international friendlies against Guinea and South Africa.

The Atletico Madrid star has already been capped twice by Brazil but both games were friendlies.

This means the 25-year-old Costa, who secured Spanish citizenship during the summer, is free to represent La Roja.

Can't wait to see Costa donning Spain colours alongside some of the best players in the world.

Too bad Brazil. Costa has decided to play for the reigning world and European champions, who should be deadlier with his inclusion.