No Messi, no problem as Barcelona beat Juventus

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Argentina Barcelona striker Lionel Messi cries during a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 8, 2021. Messi swallowed back tears as he started a press conference in which he confirmed that he was leaving Barcelona, ​​where he played his entire career. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

BARCELONA, Spain – Barcelona started life without Lionel Messi on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Juventus in the pre-season Gamper Trophy.

Messi had said his farewell to the club he had served for 20 years earlier on Sunday at a tearful press conference.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Barcelona after just three minutes with Martin Braithwaite adding a second goal just before the hour mark from a corner kick.

Young prospect Riqui Puig scored a third goal in stoppage time with good left-foot control.

In Sunday’s other friendly match, Real Madrid and AC Milan fought to 0-0.

Spain’s La Liga season kicks off on Friday while Italy’s Serie A starts on August 22.

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