Magical Messi leads flawless Barcelona in 5-0 victory

The Argentine hit a superb hat-trick as the Blaugrana cruised to a third straight win in La Liga and opened up a four-point advantage over Real Madrid
Crisis? What crisis? The dark clouds have lifted following a difficult summer at Camp Nou and Saturday night’s wonderful win at home to Espanyol, inspired once again by Lionel Messi, leaves Barcelona sitting pretty after three rounds of La Liga.

Messi has long been a tormenter of Espanyol. Prior to this match, the Argentine attacker had hit 15 goals against his side’s city rivals in the Primera Division, more than any other player in the history of the Catalan derby. Now he has three more to add to that tally.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner opened the scoring after 26 minutes. He was marginally offside when he received the ball, but still had plenty to do and sidestepped his markers before rifling into the top corner. Another predatory finish followed before half-time and a third arrived after the break, before goals from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez rounded off a memorable victory…

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