Argentine international, Lionel Messi scored four goals as Barcelona thrashed Eibar 6-1 to move five points clear at the top of La Liga.
Having put Barca ahead with a 20th-minute penalty, and seen Paulinho double their lead on 38 minutes, Messi was the focal point of an improved second-half display from Ernesto Valverde’s men as he notched his 28th league hat-trick.
Denis Suarez, preferred in attack to the rested Luis Suarez, also found the net on the night as Barca maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign in style.
Eibar gave a lethargic Barca a run for their money early on, but were consigned to a seventh straight defeat to their illustrious opponents, with Sergi Enrich’s second-half strike mere consolation.
Barcelona will hope to extend their 100 per cent start to the season when they make the short trip north to take on La Liga new-boys Girona on Saturday. Eibar, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat when Celta Vigo travel to Gipuzkoa.