Messi at top of his game as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2
Lionel Messi was at the top of his game on Wednesday as he scored twice in a 3-2 win for Barcelona over Athletic Bilbao in Spain’s La Liga.
Barca trailed to an early Inaki Williams strike at San Mames but responded with a slick attacking performance that had Messi at the heart of it.
It was Messi's cross that led to Pedri's equaliser and then the Argentinian could have had a hat-trick, only for VAR and the woodwork to intervene.
But this was a vintage display from the 33-year-old, whose double helped Barcelona reduce the gap behind La Liga's leaders Atletico Madrid to seven points.
The win took Barcelona above Real Sociedad and into third in the standings on 31 points, seven behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have two games in hand on the Catalans.