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Football fans hail Barcelona’s ‘new GOAT in town’ with Lionel Messi gone as Braithwaite nets twice against Real Sociedad

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FANS have hailed Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite as Barcelona’s new ‘GOAT’ after he scored a brace against Real Sociedad.

The Spanish club are still reeling from losing captain Lionel Messi, who’s joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal.

Martin Braithwaite scored a brace for Barcelona against Real Sociedad


Martin Braithwaite scored a brace for Barcelona against Real SociedadCredit: Getty

Thousands of football fans tuned into watch Barcelona’s game with Sociedad – their first LaLiga fixture since Messi’s exit.

Manager Ronald Koeman would’ve been planning on playing the Argentine superstar alongside Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann.

But without Messi, the Barca boss was forced to turn to Braithwaite, 30, as they looked to get their title bid off to a flying start at the Nou Camp.

After Gerard Pique opened the scoring for the hosts, Braithwaite doubled their lead with a powerful header just before the interval.

He then added a second in the 59th minute before Sociedad mounted a comeback, scoring twice to leave Barca with a slender 3-2 lead.

But just as it looked like Barca were going to suffer a dramatic collapse, Braithwaite stepped up to assist Sergi Roberto and secure a 4-2 win.

Fans were loving the Danish striker’s exploits on social media, with one tweeting: “New GOAT in town… Braithwaite got us.”

White another wrote: “Took Lord Braithwaite just one game to become LaLiga’s top goalscorer. GOAT for a reason.”

Another one tweeted: “No way people laughed when Braithwaite asked for Messi’s No10 shirt. There’s no better man for the job.”

Braithwaite had scored just THREE goals in 40 LaLiga appearances for the Spanish giants before Sunday evening’s match.

Martin Braithwaite is a better goalscorer than Cristiano Ronaldo and this is not even debatable. He doesn’t rely on penalties to get his name on the scoresheet.

Enthusiastic Barcelona Fan

He joined Barcelona in February 2020 after completing a controversial, shock transfer from LaLiga rivals Leganes.

The Catalan club were granted permission to sign Braithwaite outside of the transfer window due to an injury crisis.

Leganes were not awarded the same luxury and were subsequently relegated from the top flight.

Barcelona face a trip to Athletic Bilbao in their next game on Saturday, August 29 before hosting Getafe eight days later.


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