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Ernesto Valverde urges fans to enjoy Lionel Messi: 'We're lucky to be able to see him every day'

Lionel Messi scored two goals, including the 6,000th for Barcelona in La Liga, to lead the reigning champions past Alaves in their season opener.
Lionel Messi scored his 6000th goal in La Liga history, as Barcelona put away Alaves 3-0.
Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season.

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi put World Cup disappointment with Argentina behind him to kick off the new season with a bang, scoring twice in Barcelona's 3-0 win against Alaves at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Messi scored twice, with Philippe Coutinho also on target, as well as hitting the woodwork two times and creating gilt-edged chances for teammates Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

The forward's first goal, Barca's 6,000th in La Liga (he also scored their 5,000th in 2009) was delivered under the Alaves...

Lionel Messi earns perfect 10, sub Philippe Coutinho also stars in opener vs. Alaves

Lionel Messi scored his 6000th goal in La Liga history, as Barcelona put away Alaves 3-0.
Lionel Messi started 2018-19 with a bang, bagging a brace in a season-opening win over Alaves.
Lionel Messi picked up right where he left off for Barcelona, opening the 2018-19 season with a well-taken brace.

BARCELONA, Spain -- A second-half brace from Lionel Messi and a Philippe Coutinho strike got Barcelona's defence of La Liga off to a winning start on Saturday as they beat Alaves 3-0.

Alaves, who were the last team to win at Camp Nou in the league, back in September 2016, made it to the break goalless, but their resistance was eventually broken in the 64th minute when Messi ripped a free kick under the wall.

Coutinho, who came on at half-time, sealed the points late on, bursting into the area...