Lionel Messi scored a goal in his first game since winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 as FC Barcelona set the record for the greatest first half in the history of La Liga with a 3-1 win over Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga on Sunday.
Messi nearly had his first goal in the seventh minute as Andres Iniesta's pass nutmegged past Malaga defender Wellington, Messi nearly controlled the ball, but goalkeeper Willy Caballero sent the ball away to prevent a Leo goal.
Malaga missed their first real chance at goal in the 11th minute as Ignacio Camacho's shot went high and wide. A Javier Mascherano pass back to Victor Valdes nearly turned into disaster as Roque Santa Cruz nearly stole the ball, but VV got to the ball before the Paraguayan could cause trouble.
Pedro nearly had a goal in the 17th minute as he stayed onside on the Cesc Fabregas through ball, but Caballero came up and sent the ball away. Cesc tried to go to the far post in the 25th minute, but his shot sailed high.
Just a minute later, Fabregas slipped a pass to Iniesta and Andres' shot was stopped by Caballero.
Messi got his goal in the 27th minute as an Ignacio Camacho mistake gave the goal to Leo. Camacho's intended pass to his goalkeeper was stolen by Leo, who then faked out Caballero, and Messi slid it in to make it 1-0.
Just a minute later, lovely dribbling skills by Iniesta led to a Cesc shot that just went wide.
Joaquin's set piece cross was headed toward the goal by Roque Santa Cruz in the 37th minute, but Valdes made the catch.
In the second half, Messi lobbed a terrific pass to Cesc, who stayed onside, rushed past defender Sergio Sanchez and put it past Caballero to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute.
Fabregas went for a goal again in the 72nd minute, but was blocked and sent away by Caballero.
Thiago Alcantara came into the game and got a goal in the 81st minute as the give-and-go between him and Leo Messi saw Thiago get the ball back and slam the ball past Caballero for the third Barcelona goal.
Malaga got a goal to save face thanks to an excellent free kick from Diego Buonanotte in the 88th minute.
FINAL: Malaga 1 - 3 FC Barcelona
Let's break down my three most important things from FC Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Malaga CF on Sunday.