Pedro backs Messi for Barcelona goals against Milan

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Lionel Messi will be out to show that while form is temporary, class is permanent when he lines up for Barcelona against AC Milan this Wednesday and you would be wise to back the Argentine to deliver goals against an out-of-sorts Rossoneri.

The 26-year-old is priced at 11/5 to open the scoring against a team that has struggled for form both domestically and in Europe this season and who head to Catalan country off the back of a run of four games without a win.

A 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina means that Massimiliano Allegri’s side have now shipped six goals in their last three competitive matches and despite Messi enduring a run of seven games without a goal his Barcelona teammate Pedro believes he will be fired up for what is a crunch encounter with Milan.

“Leo is always an ambitious player who wants to score a lot of goals,” he told FIFA.com.

“He looks fine to me, the goals will arrive and even more so if you are Leo Messi, the best player in the world.”

Barca fans have every reason to be optimistic about Milan’s visit to Camp Nou, with Il Diavolo conceding seven goals over their previous two visits to the ground in the last two seasons while Messi has scored a grand total of four goals across the two games.

Last week we tipped up Cristiano Ronaldo to respond to Sepp Blatter’s criticism with goals by the bucket-load and the Portuguese duly deliver with a hat-trick against Sevilla in La Liga.

Messi is currently priced at 6/1 to repeat the feat against Milan and after a week in which the forward has faced increased media scrutiny following his ‘barren’ run, it could be a wonderful way to respond to the critics.

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