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Messi is back as Barcelona assume control of La Liga

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Lionel Messi put on a master class of old as Barcelona surged back to the top of La Liga.

Messi scored twice and set up two more in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Real Valladolid.

The Camp Nou this Tuesday night, appeared to be the fortress of old, as the Lionel Messi show came to town.

Only two minutes on the clock and Clement Lenglet stuck a sweet volley home to give Ernesto Valverde and Barca the perfect start

But only 13 minutes later, the normally ever-dependable Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a mess of a free-kick.

It allowed Kiko to scramble home an equaliser.

For just a minute, the Catalonian faithful would have been forgiven for thinking what on earth has happened to our team.

However, when you have a player like Lionel Messi in your side, it takes only a split second of magic to reignite the game and your season.

29 Minutes on the clock and the Argentine maestro played an inch-perfect ball to Chilean Arturo Vidal. who made no mistake to volley the ball into the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Messi grabbed one for himself.

A free-kick that was beyond the reach of any keeper that would have been between the sticks.

Halftime: Barcelona 3 – 1 Valladolid.

The second half saw Barca’s dominance continue, as did the Lionel Messi show.

75 Minutes on the clock, Messi volleys in goal number four for his team and two for himself.

A ball from Ivan Rakitic, he turns and strikes the ball with perfection.

Barcelona 4 – 1 Valladolid.

Once the GOAT gets started, it’s impossible to stop him.

Two minutes later, and the show was over. Messi turned provider this time for striker partner and fried Luis Suarez.

Yet another pass weighted t perfection for Suarez to tuck away in the back of the net.

Valladolid’s humiliation was complete, as was Lionel Messi’s master class.

Fulltime: Barcelona 5 – 1 Valladolid.

Crisis over, according to the Barcelona official website, fcbarcelona.com, Valverde, and Barca are on their second-best winning streak after tonight’s result.