Barcelona 8 Santos 0: Messi and Co Give Tata a Dream Start at Nou Camp.

£49m new signing Neymar and Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas started from the bench as FC Barcelona humiliated Santos 8-0 at the Camp Nou to claim the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Lionel Messi and Neymar Before the Nou Camp Faithful.
Lionel Messi and Neymar Before the Nou Camp Faithful.

Prior to the encounter, Barca had lost, won and drawn one match each in their pre-season journey with the only victory coming against Valerenga.

Andres Iniesta and Xavi started in the midfield for the La Liga champions while Neymar waited until the second-half to start against his former club to a rousing ovation by the home fans.

The trio of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Lionel Messi were seemingly unplayable in the first half, netting a goal each, while an own goal from Leo, strikes from Adriano and Jean Marie Dongou, and Fabregas’ brace completed the scoring.

New manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s side wowed the home crowd with the traditional ticki takka football yet again.

But it was Lionel Messi that started the rout with a composed finish in the eighth minute and soon after Dani Alves’ powerful cross was turned into his own net by Santos defender Leo.

World Footballer of the Year, Messi, later turned provider, setting up Chilean winger Sanchez, before Pedro coolly finished a Jordi Alba cut-back.

Fabregas and Neymar were introduced at the start of the second-half and the 26-year-ols Spaniard quickly made his mark by scoring twice and setting up the final goal for teenage striker Dongou.

Full-back Adriano scored the seventh goal in the 75th minute by curling in a spectacular effort.

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