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Barca scored 66 just seconds into their return to action after a three month hiatus after Arturo Vidal headed home.

The Argentine netted his 20th goal of the Spanish season as the league leaders stretched their advantage over rivals Real Madrid to five points.

Lionel Messi capped off a fine Barcelona performance on their return to La Liga action with a stoppage time strike in the 4-0 win over Mallorca on Saturday night

Lionel Messi netted his 20th goal of the season

Barcelona are now five points clear of Real Madrid

Luis Suarez came off the bench to make his first appearance since early January before Jordi Alba made it 3-0.

Lionel Messi capped off a fine return to action for Barcelona with a stoppage time strike in the 4-0 win at Mallorca on Saturday night.

Messi then got involved in stoppage time with a right-footed effort to extend his lead over Karim Benzema to six in the top scorer stakes.

Former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite then added his first for the club before the break as the Catalans eased back into action.

The 32-year-old, who was fashioning a new, longer hairstyle and no beard, has now been directly involved in 15 of Barcelona’s 18 La Liga goals under Quique Setien.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner reached the milestone of 20 La Liga goals for a 12th straight season, collecting a pass from Suarez, chopping inside and curling in via a slight deflection.

After the game fans were pleased to see the champions hit form right from the off and some were waxing lyrical about Messi’s performance.

“He was always going to score, the king is back, footballer is back, yes yes yes,” said another.

“Messi tonight. Assisted with head. Assisted with left leg. Scored with right leg,” wrote one pleased Barca fan.

There had been some doubts about whether or not he would play after he had been training alone due to him nursing a minor injury.

While one wrote: “Ronaldo misses a penalty on his return, Messi runs the show on his, GOAT comparison is a joke”.

Barcelona next welcome Leganes to the Nou Camp on Tuesday, while Real Madrid face Eibar on Sunday.

“Straight into the action and Barca will win La Liga again this season with Messi looking this sharp so early on,” wrote another fan.

Lionel Messi netted his 20th goal of the season

Barcelona are now five points clear of Real Madrid

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