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Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Elche to move within five points of LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine superstar returned to the top of the LaLiga scoring charts with his double, going two clear of his close pal and former teammate Luis Suarez.

Messi hit a double as Barca breezed past Elche

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Messi hit a double as Barca breezed past Elche

Messi found the bottom corner to open the scoring from Martin Braithwaite’s backheel after the break.

The Man City-linked forward then doubled the lead 20 minutes later, finishing smartly after a wonderful solo run and pass from Dutchman Frenkie de Jong.

Left-back Jordi Alba wrapped up the win at the Camp Nou shortly after when he converted from Braithwaite’s header.


Barcelona are third in the table behind Atletico and Real Madrid, albeit having played a game more than the leaders.

Sevilla can also move back above them if they win their game in hand.



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