Best photos: Lionel Messi stars in Barcelona win over Villarreal

The Argentine attacker scored one and offered up an assist in his side’s 3-1 victory at Camp Nou last night.

Barcelona are closing in on a place in the Copa del Rey final, after beating Villarreal 3-1 in the first leg of their semi-final last night.

Since losing 1-0 to Real Sociedad in their first game of 2015, Luis Enrique’s men have won nine games straight in all competitions.

The Catalan team’s excellent form has largely been down to the stellar individual displays of Lionel Messi, who looks like he is a man with something to prove this year.

Including last night’s efforts, Messi now has scored 11 goals and created eight assists since the turn of the year.

The four-times Ballon d’Or winner netted his side’s opener last night and also provided an assist for Gerard Pique to score Barcelona’s important third goal.

With the Argentina international missing out on the Ballon d’Or award again at the start of the year to Cristiano Ronaldo, it appears that he is motivated to put the world to rights in 2015.

Here are a collection of the best photos of Messi in fine form against Villarreal at Camp Nou last night.

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