- Lionel Messi posted a man-of-the-match performance in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Elche
- The 33-year-old scored a second-half brace to bring his side back in contention for the La Liga title
- Barca's next game will be against fourth-placed Sevilla before taking on PSG in the Champions League
Barcelona returned to winning ways as they got the better of Elche by 3-0 in a La Liga fixture played at the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored a brace and one of which was his trademark goal as Jordi Alba put the cherry on the cake.
Trincao threatened the visitors in the second minute of the tie as the Portuguese youngster forced a brilliant save from Edgar Badia.
Video of Chelsea star turning into Messi for 10 seconds during Champions League win over Atletico Madrid
At the other end, Lucas Boye had a glorious opportunity inside Barcelona's 18-yard box but he could not keep his shot down.
Then in the 48th minute, Messi mesmerized his way into Elche's defence and exchanged a one-two with Martin Braithwaite before sliding in for the finish to make it 1-0.
Messi second on the night was even better than the first as the Barca captained made a meal of Elche's defence before finishing with ease following Frenkie de Jong brilliant run down the left.
La Blaugrana got their third after Braithwaite's headed assist made Alba slide in with the finish to make it 3-0.
Barcelona closed the gap on Real Madrid in second to two points after dropping vital points in their weekend's 1-1 draw against Cadiz.
Ronald Koeman's men travel to play the most in-form La Liga side Sevilla next as a win for either side would change the position of both sides on the table.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi has sent Ronaldinho a touching message via Instagram after his former Barcelona teammate’s mother passed away aged 71, Give Me Sport.
Lionel Messi has sent a heartfelt message to his former Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho following the death of his mother Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos.
The 71-year-old passed away due to complications suffered from COVID-19 during the past weekend.
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