Messi fires Barca 11 points clear, Ronaldo scores four

Absence of 'best in the world' Busquets makes Rakitic key for Barcelona

Absence of 'best in the world' Busquets makes Rakitic key for Barcelona

Because when the Argentinean ace found the net with the second goal in the Catalans' routine 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp, he produced a funny little dance to celebrate the feat.

Two goals in the first half were enough to seal the three points on offer.

Twice Philippe Coutinho struck the bar whilst his fellow Brazilian, Paulinho, rattled a post.

Athletic offered meek resistance in the first period and could have been out of sight had the woodwork not saved them on three occasions and defender Unai Nunez - who also lavished praise on Messi - was encouraged by an improved showing after the interval.

We don't think we've ever seen the Argentine dance like this before, but I think we like it. JUST LOOK AT THAT SHIMMY!

Following Thursday's 5-1 aggregate defeat to Marseille, Bilbao head coach Jose Angel Ziganda has seen his job come under scrutiny, but the 51-year-old feels there is plenty of time left in the season to eradicate their European exit, starting with a strong performance against the unbeaten league leaders.

The away side again almost went close in the 68th minute, but Inaki Williams was denied by a brilliant tackle from Alba when it looked as though the winger was through on goal.

Rodrigo Moreno, who was called into the Spanish national team on Friday, opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

Seeking another potential treble, Barcelona are flying high under Messi's brilliance and are currently sitting at the top of La Liga with 75 points in 29 games.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad sacked coach Eusebio Sacristan on Sunday with the team in 15th place with Imanol Alguacil installed until the end of the season.

Messi in 28 appearances out of possible 29 in La Liga has netted 25 league goals for the Catalan giants.

Messi had already had a couple of sighters when he got on the scoresheet on the half-hour mark.

Messi was at his sublime best against Chelsea, ripping the English Premier League reigning champions to shreds.

Javier Eraso ensured Sevilla came down to earth after knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League as Leganes won 2-1 at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

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