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September 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 79000‎
 
 
15′ (OG) Miranda
 
26′ Lionel Messi
 
78′ Lionel Messi
 
90+1′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 5-0 Atletico Madrid

Goal.com looks at the players on show during Barcelona's superb 5-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, with Lionel Messi particularly impressing

By Luke Matthews

  • Víctor Valdés
    67
    13
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    The goalkeeper had very little to do this evening with his side in irresistible form. Was nearly beaten in the opening five minutes but would have been relieved to see Tiago's effort strike the bar.

  • Daniel Alves
    86
    10
    3.50

    Daniel Alves

    Played very well throughout. He featured as a right-winger in this game and his runs and movement created space for his team-mates to exploit the gaps left by the Atleti back line. His passing was top notch, too.

  • Éric Abidal
    80
    7
    3.50

    Éric Abidal

    Solid performance from the Frenchman who did not let any Atletico attacker take the ball past him while offering good support in attack.

  • Busquets
    73
    13
    3.50

    Busquets

    Good game from the midfielder who once again filled in at the back. He kept everything simple and his distribution was excellent before he made way for Pique with 37 minutes to play.

  • Javier Mascherano
    82
    13
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    The Argentine looked completely comfortable at the back. He did well to break up several Atleti attacks and swiftly got the ball forward.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    109
    6
    3.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    The midfielder was making his fourth Liga appearance of the season and it was evident why Guardiola holds him in such high regard. His passing was outstanding and he made a number of superb runs.

  • Xavi
    141
    7
    4.00

    Xavi

    Wonderful performance from the experienced midfielder who controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish. His passing was a joy to behold, especially his chipped ball into the path of Villa for Barcelona's first of the night.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    145
    9
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    The former Arsenal man is becoming indispensable to the Catalan club. Another virtuoso performance in the center of the field, showing great passing and awareness throughout the game.

  • Pedro
    87
    15
    3.00

    Pedro

    Excellent movement and build-up play with his fellow attackers. He was wasteful on one occasion in front of goal but his overall game was impressive.

  • David Villa
    116
    10
    3.50

    David Villa

    The striker returned to the starting lineup and was at his lethal best. He took his goal brilliantly and was always looking to find his team-mates when in possession.

  • Lionel Messi
    253
    24
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Another fantastic performance from the world's best player. He took all three of his goals beautifully and was a constant threat for the Catalans. Can anyone stop this man when he's in full flight?

Substitutions

  • Maxwell
    47
    10
    0.00

    Maxwell

    Late cameo from the Brazilian, who came on from Abidal. Despite only being on the field for 10 minutes, he was full of energy down the left wing.

  • Piqué
    49
    11
    3.00

    Piqué

    The defender came on for the final 37 minutes and was given very little to do. Did earn a yellow card for a poor challenge.

  • Seydou Keita
    44
    11
    0.00

    Seydou Keita

    Replaced Fabregas late on and showed some nice passes and a decent touch.

  • Thibaut Courtois
    16
    11
    2.00

    Thibaut Courtois

    The young Belgian goalkeeper could not be blamed for any of the Barcelona goals and actually acquitted himself fairly well tonight, making a number of smart saves.

  • Antonio López
    2
    12
    2.00

    Antonio López

    Very shaky performance from the experienced left back, who was given the nod ahead of Filipe this evening. Messi ran rings round him all night long.

  • Diego Godín
    2
    12
    2.00

    Diego Godín

    The Uruguayan was awful throughout. He looked like he had given up within the first half hour and could not get anywhere near Messi and company.

  • Miranda
    2
    13
    2.00

    Miranda Flop of the Match

    The Brazilian had made a solid start to his Atletico career before tonight's game but was put in his place by a brilliant Barcelona. He struggled to get close enough to the opposition to put a tackle in. However, he was unlucky with the own goal.

  • L. Perea
    3
    13
    2.00

    L. Perea

    Was simply unable to compete with Barcelona's attack. He struggled with the pace and movement of the home side's attack and his positioning at times left a lot to be desired.

  • Tiago
    5
    11
    2.50

    Tiago

    Started the game brightly and nearly gave his side a surprise lead early on when his effort struck the crossbar. However, he had problems staying tight with Barca's midfield trio and was a bystander for the majority of the game.

  • Mario Suárez
    3
    12
    2.50

    Mario Suárez

    Poor game from the central midfielder, who was completely outclassed by Barca's midfield before being replaced at the break.

  • Gabi
    2
    10
    2.50

    Gabi

    Not a great game from the man who rejoined the club in the summer from Zaragoza. He failed to get close to Xavi and company as they created wave after wave of attacks.

  • Reyes
    4
    13
    2.50

    Reyes

    The former Sevilla man looked fairly bright in the opening five minutes but completely disappeared once the Catalan club started to dominate possession.

  • Radamel Falcao
    10
    19
    2.50

    Radamel Falcao

    Hard to judge the striker this evening considering he was given hardly any service. Saying that, when he did receive the ball he was not always able to hold it up efficiently.

Substitutions

  • Arda Turan
    7
    12
    2.50

    Arda Turan

    Entered the contest at the break and despite making a bright start, fizzled out as Barcelona continued to dominate.

  • Toto Salvio
    1
    13
    2.00

    Toto Salvio

    Brought on at halftime but had no influence on the game whatsoever. Really struggled to get a touch of the ball.

  • Adrián
    2
    11
    0.00

    Adrián

    Had a late chance but he did not have enough pace to beat Valdes to the ball in a brief cameo.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0