Twitter explodes as magical Lionel Messi helps Barcelona annihilate Espanyol 5-0
Lionel Messi was at his imperious best as he netted a 66-minute hat-trick to help Barcelona claim the win against Espanyol in the Catalan derby. The Argentine has now scored 5 goals, while also rattling the woodwork on 4 occasions, in the 3 league games this season.
Ernesto Valverde's side took an early 4-point lead over rivals Real Madrid, who dropped points against Levante earlier in the day. Gerard Pique also got on the scoresheet, while Barcelona's club record signing - Ousmane Dembele - provided an assist on his debut as he came on as a second half substitute for Gerard Deulofeu.
Twitter, as you would expect, didn't hold back and rejoiced after another magical performance from Messi. Here are the best tweets:
On another level!
Make that 802!
A treat for your eyes...
Hat-trick, well, what's that?
The perfect start!
Hard to argue against this one!
Barcelona fans be like...