Barcelona captain Lionel Messi found the back of the net once and assisted two goals as they eased passed Real Mallorca in their first match after the La Liga restarted.
Lionel Messi who returned without a beard scored a goal and made two assists as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title chase on Saturday with a 4-0 thumping of Real Mallorca.
After three months away because of the coronavirus pandemic, Barca exploded into the lead with just 64 seconds played when Arturo Vidal headed in and Martin Braithwaite struck a second from a Messi headed assist.
Jordi Alba latched onto a Messi pass to add a third but not before play was briefly stopped by a pitch invader, who was able to run on, despite the match being closed to fans.
Messi then scored a fourth in injury time for his 25th goal of the season.
“I’m happy because starting like this is an enormous boost for what’s to come,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien.