'Lionel Messi = good' - how Valencia 'spy' learned Barcelona's 'secrets'

Valencia's spy takes selfie inside Barcelona's stadium
Meet 'Amunt' - the 'spy' at the centre of the story

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on to the training ground...

Just weeks after Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa infamously sent a member of staff to the training ground of Championship rivals Derby County, La Liga has been rocked by its very own 'spygate' scandal. Sort of.

The victims? Spanish champions Barcelona - and more specifically the club's all-time leading goalscorer Lionel Messi.

The spy? Amunt, Valencia's daring bat.

But it's fair to say this wasn't an undercover mission.

Because it's hard to stay under cover when you're a 'teddy bat' proudly wearing a rival team's shirt.

And live tweeting your 'mission' certainly doesn't help.

Still, Valencia's spy was all smiles on leaving the Mestalla Stadium under clear blue skies...

Valencia's spy 'Amunt' departs the Mestalla Stadium

A three-hour train journey later, 'Amunt' had arrived at Barcelona's Sants station. So far, so good.

The daring Amunt posts video outside Camp Nou

A task so daring was never going to be completely straightforward...

Amunt struggles to appear over the tall hedges

... but with the club relying on him to deliver before facing the league leaders on Saturday, Amunt simply couldn't return home empty-handed.

And an hour in 'hiding' yielded tactical gold - five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is... "good".

Detailed noted reveal Lionel Messi is 'good'

That's why they (may) pay this particular spy the big bucks.

Sadly, though, his cover was blown - and Barcelona had the last word.

Barcelona responded to Valencia's activities, suggesting there were no bats but only GOAT's at Camp Nou.

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