Videos and photos: Chelsea target Lionel Messi stars in 5-0 Barcelona win

The Argentine attacker was reintroduced to the Catalan club’s starting XI for the thumping of lowly Elche in the Copa del Rey last night.

Rumours surrounding Lionel Messi’s future have been coming thick and fast over the last couple of days, with the Argentine star rumoured in some quarters to be unhappy at Barcelona.

Despite the rumblings, the four-times Ballon d’Or winner was back to doing what he does best last night as he started and played a key part in the Catalan club’s 5-0 win over Elche in the Copa del Rey.

Having benched Messi and Neymar in the shock 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad last weekend, the pair were reintroduced to the starting XI alongside Luis Suarez by the under-fire Luis Enrique for the clash at Camp Nou.

Messi scored one of the five goals, slotting home the Blaugrana’s third from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, as can be seen below.

The Argentina international also set up his side’s fourth goal, assisting Jordi Alba’s strike with this impressive piece of play.

With his future said to be a point of contention, Barcelona fans across the world will sleep a bit easier after seeing Messi playing from the first whistle, seemingly happy and blowing kisses to the Camp Nou crowd after netting his goal.

The best photos of Messi in action against Elche can be seen below.

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