The Day Messi Introduced Himself to the World
Lionel Messi scored three and made two as Barcelona crushed Levante 5-0 on Sunday to restore their three-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Barca suffered their only defeat in the league last season at Levante, losing 5-4 in Valencia in May, but never looked like losing here again once Luis Suarez gave them the lead in the first half.
Messi, whose run and cross had set Suarez up, then scored Barca’s next three goals before setting up defender Gerard Pique to complete the rout late on after Erick Cabaco was sent off for the home side.
Goals win games, and in Messi and Suarez, Barca have two of the league’s top scorers. They now have 25 in the league between them — more than Real Madrid (24) and Atletico (24) — and if they keep on scoring like this, it’s hard to imagine the title not winding up at Camp Nou again.