Barcelona are now only two points behind Atletico Madrid, and while they have played two additional games, the league leaders face Real Madrid on Sunday.
Here's how Messi did it...
📷 Lionel Messi: Match Snapshot
A ⏱️ 30' Messi picks out the charging Jordi Alba down the left, and the full-back, who's today playing as a winger, unleashes a brilliant shot into the top corner of the net.
A ⏱️ 85' Having nearly set up Alba for a second, Messi finally helps Barcelona gets some insurance. He lays the ball off to youngster Ilaix Moriba to drill into the top corner of the net - a memorable way to get his first Barca goal.
〽️ Lionel Messi: Rating Week-on-Week
This was Messi's eighth score above an 8 FC Rating in his last 12 matches - an incredible sequence.
Last time out against Sevilla, he scored a 7.9 FC Rating, today he got a 9.3 FC Rating.
🗝️ Key Stats
Messi match stats
|FC Rating||9.3||Man of the Match|
|Shots on target||2|
|Final third passes||40||Rank #1|
|Big chances created||2||Rank #1|
Messi: What Next?
Messi will attempt the impossible in midweek as Barcelona seek to come back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. He needs to raise his level again to make that possible.