Also in good form is Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez, who has netted a brace so far.
In fact, it was Sanchez, who opened the scoring in the 13th minute at the Grand Stade before the world player of the year took over.
Messi scored in the 34th when he fired home a left-footer off the assist from Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay.
The Argentine forward was again on target four minute later, before Sanchez scored again in the 41st to make it 4-0.
Messi then scored just before half-time to complete his hat-trick and his team’s fifth goal in a dominant first half so far by Barcelona.
Barcelona’s starting line-up: Pinto, Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Dos Santos, Rafinha, S. Roberto, Afellay, Alexis and Messi.
13′ Alexis Sanchez
34′ Lionel Messi
38′ Lionel Messi
41′ Alexis Sanchez
45′ Lionel Messi
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