Lionel Messi was simply sensational as Barcelona beat Espanyol in El Derbi on Saturday evening.
Just a few days from being named the fifth best player in the world, Messi put on a performance to showcase his talents once more.
The Argentine forward looked superb from the get go as Espanyol defenders hauled him down several times. And, they were made to pay for their constant fouls as Messi opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick to beat a helpless Diego Lopez.
Messi proved instrumental in the second too, as he refused to give up and dribbled past several defenders, before playing in Ousmane Dembele, who curled in from the edge of the box.
Leading 2-0, Barca looked in full control but the returning Luis Suarez wanted in on the act and his one-two with Messi saw him tap the ball under Lopez from the most impossible of angles.
The second half was a rather subdued one, considering most of the Cornella El-Prat faithful had left the ground.
They did miss their side get on the score-sheet through Oscar Duarte, however, any celebrations were quickly ended after VAR considered the defender to be in an offside position.
To rub salt into Espanyol wounds, Messi was not finished, completing his night with another superb free-kick – this time from an even harder angle.