Messi's record-breaking run began at Mallorca, and with a large slice of luck.
After Xavi's delightful free kick had put Barca ahead, Messi's tame low shot from the edge of the box was generously allowed by Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.
Mallorca were threatening a comeback when Messi struck his second, collecting Alexis Sanchez's chest down to crash a shot into the top left corner.
Watch the highlights here.
KEY—"Messi minutes" are those in which he scored, as per ESPNFC. All stats are provided by Squawka.com. The Squawka performance is defined as follows by the stats provider:
The Squawka Player Performance Score is a comprehensive algorithm built on the back of extensive analysis of over 400 Premier League matches. It awards points for every player for their every touch of the ball. It analyses whether the action was defensive, attacking or possessional and then applies further adjustments based on the player’s squad position and the area of the pitch in which the action happened.
See here for the full explanation.