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Lionel Messi's return to form continued to show as he scored a sublime 25-yard free-kick in Barcelona's 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla.
The Barcelona captain, 32, missed the early stages of the new season due to a calf injury he picked up in pre-season.
And the five-time Ballon d'Or winner would pick up another knock in last month's 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Camp Nou.
Messi, who was named the Best FIFA Men's Player last month, showed an early sign of being back to his best when he stepped up for a free-kick in the 78th minute.
The Argentine superstar stepped over the ball before curling it up and over the wall and burying it past Tomas Vaclik into the top-right corner of the net.
Barcelona took the lead in the first half after Luis Suarez scored a superb bicycle kick from inside the box.
And Arturo Vidal would double their lead five minutes later before Ousmane Dembele scored Barca's third before half-time.
Messi buried home his second-half free-kick to add his side's fourth, but Barcelona ended the match with nine men at the Camp Nou.
Ronald Araujo, who had been handed his Barcelona debut, was sent off 15 minutes after coming onto the pitch for bringing down ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez when he was through.
And French winger Dembele appeared to say something to the referee before he was shown a second yellow card and sent marching down the tunnel.
Barcelona, who have endured a tough start to the season without Messi, have climbed to second place in La Liga.
The defending Spanish champions are two points behind fierce rivals Real Madrid going into the international break.
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