ionel Messi put on a vintage performance when the Barcelona talisman scored two fantastic goals in Alaves’ 5-1 win at Camp Nou on Saturday

Barca were preparing for the upcoming Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain when Messi was in his 505th La Liga record game starred

Portuguese striker Francisco Trincao gave Barca the lead after a setback from debut 18-year-old midfielder Ilaix Moriba and Messi believed he later doubled the lead on the rebound – but the goal was ruled out for a marginal offside position against Antoine Griezmann

Messi then took matters into his own hands from outside the area and hit the ball off the long post with such poison that it landed right in the opposite post

Alaves’ Luis Rioja pounced on a mistake from Ilaix to narrow the deficit in the second half but Barca came back with a second goal from Trincao, another long-range missile from Messi and a fifth goal from Messi and Griezmann and finished the game from left back Junior Firpo

The performance came at just the right time as Barca prepared to host French giants PSG, who will miss the injured Neymar, in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night

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