The skipper scored two brilliant free-kicks and produced a superb assist for Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona coasted to a 4-0 win over their local rivals.
It was a performance that made a mockery of his fifth-placed Ballon d’Or finish this week, a point Puyol alluded to on social media.
He tweeted: “Does anyone doubt he’s the best? He doesn’t need individual prizes.”
¿Alguien duda de quién es el mejor? No le hacen falta premios individuales... #LeoMessi— Carles Puyol (@Carles5puyol) December 8, 2018
Messi now has 11 goals and eight assists in 13 La Liga outings his season. Not bad going for the fifth best player in the world.