With Leo Messi starting the game and, once again, captaining the side, Barcelona recorded another LaLiga win as they ran out 1-0 winners over Espanyol in the Barcelona derby.
Barcelona welcome Espanyol to the Camp Nou on Wednesday for the sides' derby meeting in the latest round of LaLiga games. Leo Messi has found the net 25 times against Los Pericos throughout his career.
Leo Messi played his part in Barcelona's win over Villarreal by laying on two of Barça's goals. These latest assists bring his total for the LaLiga season to 19. Meanwhile, Leo has had a hand in 50 goals this term: 27 strikes and 23 assists.
This Sunday sees Barcelona travel to Villarreal's Estadio de La Cerámica for the sides' league encounter. Leo Messi heads into the game fresh from having netted his 700th goal for Barcelona and the Argentine national team.
Today, Thursday 2 July, marks the 15th anniversary of Argentina Under-20s World Cup success after they ran out 2-1 winners over Nigeria in the final. Leo Messi was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, whilst his six-goal haul earned him the Golden Boot as the leading goalscorer.