Lionel Messi bends in free kick, flawless pass in Barcelona win

Football: Magical Messi 'from another planet' as he sends Barcelona top of La Liga in rout of Valladolid

Recent displays see Messi make a late surge for the Ballon d'Or

Clement Lenglet opened the scoring for the Catalan giants before the visitors equalised at the Camp Nou.

"It seems as if I am anti-Argentine, but until Messi performs in the big games, he will continue to be a player of home games", Gatti said on TV show ' El Chiringuito de Jugones '.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is back in Argentina's squad for next month's friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay after serving a three-month suspension.

Valverde's facet have now gained seven consecutive matches in all competitions, a run that started by beating Villarreal on September 24, when Messi returned from damage to make his first begin of the season. As an replace, the mood became celebratory as Messi started working.

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Ernesto Valverde's men eased off initially in the second half, but Messi remained in the zone, slamming home Barca's fourth before then setting up Luis Suarez to round off a brilliant individual display from the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Five minutes later he sent a free-kick curling away from Jordi Masip, who scuttled across his line but could never reach the ball as it nestled in the top right-hand corner.

Messi flicked one via the legs of Oscar Plano, who threw his head again and for a second stopped useless in frustration.

Messi powered in a fourth and then set up Luis Suarez to sweep in a fifth.

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Levante know all about meeting Messi when he is on form: Barca's captain struck an irresistible hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing in last season's fixture and has scored 21 times against the Valencia side across his career. It might have been his first mistake all night.

With his brace, Messi overtook Cristiano Ronaldo in career club goals (607), pushing himself to sixth on the all-time list.

Barca led with just two minutes played when Lenglet's strike deflected on to the crossbar and in, a kind ricochet sending the ball right to him. "We have seen Valladolid draw with Real Madrid and Atletico and we know they have potential".

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