Lionel Messi beams as Barcelona whip Espanyol in Catalan derby

Lionel Messi scored two amazing free kicks as Barcelona surged regional rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to relocate three points clear at the top of La Liga.

The champs, that started the video game level with Sevilla and also Atletico Madrid on 28 factors, swept to success in Cornella as Messi put on a superb show in the week he has placed the fifth best gamer on the planet at Monday's Ballon d'Or honors.

The Argentine whipped a free kick into the top right corner in the 17th min before wonderfully establishing Ousmane Dembele to increase Barcelona's lead.

Luis Suarez added the 3rd prior to halftime with a shot from a limited angle that dispersed in off goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

Messi completed the rout with another special free kick in the 65th minute and VAR dismissed a consolation from Oscar Duarte for offside at the other end.

Espanyol's 4th consecutive league loss left them 9th in the standings, however, they really did not stand an opportunity with Messi in this mood.

"We know what Leo is like, he doesn't require to demonstrate anything to us, we don't agree with the Ballon d'Or positions," Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic claimed.

"We had a fantastic game; a derby is constantly difficult and we deserved the four goals."

Messi tormented Espanyol's defense as well as produced several openings for his group friends, with Suarez striking the blog post from one delightful lobbed pass.

Dembele additionally thrilled, beginning on the left ahead of Philippe Coutinho as a benefit for his recent renovation in kind.

Together with Suarez, who triggered mayhem with his work-rate as well as grit, the trio was just also hot for Espanyol to manage.

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