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Ousmane Dembele shows why Barcelona paid £89m as he leaves two players on floor

Ousmane Dembele has struggled since his £89million move to Barcelona in 2017, but he showed glimpses of his incredible talent against Celta Vigo on Tuesday (May 10).

Dembele didn't find the back of the net as Xavi's side all but secured second spot in La Liga with a 3-1 win against the visitors to the Nou Camp. But he did produce a supreme piece of skill that went some way to justifying why Barca parted ways with such a huge amount of cash to sign him from Borussia Dortmund five years ago.

The Frenchman's moment of magic came towards the end of the first half, with Barcelona already 2-0 up.

Receiving the ball on the right-hand side of the pitch, Dembele showed some fancy footwork to leave two Celta Vigo sitting on the floor as he moved the ball into the centre of the park.

Dembele hasn't always wowed fans at the Nou Camp, but there was plenty of praise for the 24-year-old after his dazzling display of footwork on Tuesday evening.

"Had to check if that wasn’t Messi," claimed one Twitter user. Another said: "At his best, he is unstoppable. His renewal is more important than anything."

A third person joked: "Please Dembele don't do this type of harassment they have a family." While someone else added: "Dembele out there dropping bodies, we've waited 5 years for this man."

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"This is some merciless messi-esque thing. Peak humiliation," chimed in a different Twitter user. As a sixth commenter joked: "Prosecute this man to the fullest extent of the law."

Dembele hasn't lived up to his £89million price tag since his move from Dortmund in 2017. Signed to replace Neymar, the ex-Rennes forward has managed just 32 goals in 148 appearances for Barcelona.

Despite that poor record in front of goal, he is top of La Liga's assist charts this season with 13, two ahead of nearest challenger Karim Benzema. But that doesn't look like enough to save him from the chop in the summer, with his Barcelona contract set to run out next month.

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