The Barcelona captain had already picked up an assist during the game by teeing up Arturo Vidal to make it 2-1 and added the hosts’ third on 34 minutes after Nelson Semedo had been fouled.
Messi whipped the ball over the wall and past a helpless Jordi Masip in the visitors’ goal to hit his half-century of free-kick goals;.
He’s also miles ahead of anyone else when it comes to scoring free-kicks over recent seasons across Europe.
Most direct free-kick goals scored since the start of the 2016/17 season in Europe's top five leagues:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 29, 2019
Lionel Messi (16)
Alexander Kolarov (6)
Paulo Dybala (6)
Nabil Fekir (6)
Enis Bardhi (6)
In a league of his own. pic.twitter.com/jQGnNS6GEr
The goal was Messi’s fourth of the season in his eighth appearance in all competitions, and he went on to score again in the second half while also picking up two assists.