The strike means that the four-times Ballon d’Or winner has now netted 15 goals in all competitions since the turn of the year.
Incredibly, Messi has now scored more than Real Madrid’s attacking triumvirate Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale combined in 2015.
The Santiago Bernabeu trio, nicknamed the BBC, have only scored 14 goals compared to the Barcelona man’s 15 by himself.
With Carlo Ancelotti’s men set to face Villarreal today, the European champions will hope that their attacking stars can find the back of the net and put an end to Messi’s record over them.
Ronaldo has an excellent goalscoring return against the El Madrigal outfit, scoring ten goals in eight games for Real Madrid against Villarreal.
Gareth Bale is expected to play also after shaking off a slight knock.
Ronaldo still leads the La Liga goalscoring charts with 29 goals in 21 games, but Messi has scored more from open play than the Portuguese attacker.