BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) – FCBarcelona in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday, but many thought he was selfish to take the penalty that kick start his 2013 scoring campaign.was on the scoresheet again for
With Barcelona already up 3-0 over Espanyol inside the first 30-minutes, the hosts were awarded a penalty kick after Cesc Fabregas was fouled by goalkeeper Francisco Casilla.
With striker Pedro already on two goals, it would have been perfect for the Spanish international to complete his hattrick from the spot in the first half.
However, Messi stepped up to beat Casilla in the 29th minute and left Pedro stuck on two goals.
The attacker did found the back of the net in the second half, but was called for offside.
Xavi gave Barcelona the lead in the 10th minute with a neat looking finish before Pedro guided home a shot from Messi from close range five-minutes later.
Pedro then finished superbly in the 27th minute for the 3-0 lead, before Messi completed the scoring.
David Villa, who again started another game on the substitutes bench, but did received a standing ovation when coming on in the second half.
With the victory, FCBarcelona moved to 52 points, 11 more than second place Atletico Madrid, who were held at Mallorca on Sunday.
The 52 points collected so far, equals the leaders’ best ever first half of a season in total, which they accomplished during the 2010-11 season.
Real Madrid stayed in third place with 36 points, following its exciting 4-3 win over 8th place Real Sociedad.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the win.