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Leo Messi might not have been at his dazzling best during the World Cup in Brazil, but the diminutive Argentinean didn't take long to remind us of his phenomenal skills in La Liga.
During Barcelona's 2014-15 league opener against Elche, Messi scored two of the Catalan side's three goals. In doing so, he became the first La Liga player to score a brace on four consecutive league openers and the second to score one or more goals in five consecutive league openers (as per @MisterChiping).
The Blaugrana superstar's first goal was typically excellent, but his second was quite spectacular. After picking up a pass from Dani Alves on the edge of the box, Messi danced past three defenders and slotted into the far corner.
Messi's La Liga goal tally now stands at 245, just six behind Telmo Zarra's all-time record (as per @MessiStats).