The Argentine attacker was in fine form as the Blaugrana crushed Elche 6-0 in La Liga yesterday.
Barcelona hit top gear yesterday as the Catalan side thumped Elche 6-0 in La Liga.
Gerard Pique opened the scoring with a neatly taken finish, but it was the Messi show after this.
Firstly the four-times Ballon d’Or winner netted from the penalty spot, before playing a slide-rule pass for Neymar to score the side’s third.
Another delicate chip from Messi was volleyed home by the Brazilian before the club’s all-time top goalscorer rifled home Barca’s fifth.
Pedro, who started the game in place of Luis Suarez, scored the sixth and final goal before the referee blew the whistle and put Elche out of their misery.
With Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both winning yesterday also, the standings at the top of the La Liga table remain the same.
Messi now has 21 goals and ten assists in Barcelona’s 20 league games this season and has started 2015 like he is a player with a real point to prove.