Lionel Messi scored brilliant brace v Elche & the records keep tumbling [GIFs & Tweets]

Even when down to 10 men after the sending off of Javier Mascherano, Barcelona dominated Elche to a massive (worrying?) degree in a 3-0 victory.

And, on the opening weekend of La Liga, it was Lionel Messi who once again reminded us just how awesomely brilliant the diminutive Argentine is in front of goal.

The bad luck of the black cat that invaded the pitch at the start of the match made no difference to Messi who opened the scoring.

And, the Argentine made it 3-0 with a 5-a-side finish that left Elche keeper Przemysław Tyton simply locked still in admiration.

Social media predictably went berserk and some of the statistics surrounding Messi are simply mad.

It bears repeating once again: Lionel Messi is 27!

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