Does that sound familiar? It should. It's the fifth consecutive year you can say that.
Messi has now scored in the opening match in the last 5 seasons: 9 goals in total. The black cat's spell only stopped him for 41 mins.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) August 24, 2014
Oh, and it was his first shot on target of the year.
Lionel Messi scores for Barcelona with his first shot on target of the La Liga season. Same old story. pic.twitter.com/oeJAMC77D9— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 24, 2014
The Argentina maestro followed up his first effort with another goal in the second half, making it look preposterously easy.
So what are your predictions for how many goals he'll score this season?