It was another match-defining display from the Argentine star in a game where he equalled the all-time club record appearance record held by former captain Xavi Hernandez.
It was appearance number 767 in the Blaugrana shirt for Messi and he celebrated it by scoring goals 660 and 661.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman took to social media to praise his attacking star for the achievement.
Equaling the amazing accomplishment of Xavi with the most Barça appearances of all time: congratulations Leo! 👍 #Messi767
Igualando el increíble record de Xavi como el jugador del Barça con más partidos jugados. Felicidades Leo! 👍 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/z2ZhK95Rqa
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) March 16, 2021
Koeman is cited as telling his post-match press conference, as per El Mundo Deportivo: “Luckily Messi is still with us.”
Messi news has centred on the player’s future beyond the current campaign as he is out of contract at the Catalan giants on 30 June, and is theoretically free to speak to other clubs at the moment.