Barcelona continued their form at home with a win at a sparsely packed Camp Nou against Levante, on Sunday.
The match marked Messi’s 400th appearance in La Liga, and Messi did it with style as he scored his 16th goal of the season in the 12th minute. Luis Suarez also featured in the scoring sheet, slotting it home off of a low cross from Sergi Roberto in the 45th minute.
But, Messi wasn’t done as his nimble footwork came to play in the dying minutes of the second half to assist Paulinho, and making it 3-0.
This match also marked the full return of French winger Ousmane Dembele, who returned to the starting squad.
The win extended FC Barcelona’s lead ahead of Athletico Madrid by nine points.