Five-time European champions Barcelona began the new Spanish La Liga season with a win following the six-goal thriller with Real Sociedad. The Ronald Koeman-led team beat the Basque outfit 4-2 at home to start the new campaign on a winning note.

Barcelona have been the centre of attention for several days ahead of the new La Liga season following the exit of the great Lionel Messi who has been at the club throughout his professional career. The Catalan giants could not accommodate Messi and his salary on their wage bill due to the ongoing financial crisis at the club. French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) took full advantage of the financial situation at the Nou Camp by snapping up Messi on a free transfer with an annual salary worth €25m.
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