Barcelona beats Brazil’s Santos

LIONEL Messi grabbed a classy brace as the “artists” of Barcelona outclassed the Brazilians Santos 4-0 to lift the Club World Cup today and confirm its status as the best team on the planet.

The clash between the European and South American champion in Japan had been billed as a showdown between Messi, widely acknowledged as the best player in the world, and 19-year-old Brazilian sensation Neymar.

In the event, it was no contest – either between the two supreme talents or their teams – as Barcelona picked up its second world crown after winning the competition in 2009, when Messi was again the difference.

Barca boss Pep Guardiola called his men “artists” and dedicated the 13th title in his three-and-a-half years in charge to striker David Villa, who flew home after fracturing his shin in the semi-final and faces five months out.


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