Lionel Messi scores and assists as Barcelona win at Mallorca.
Barcelona scored 66 seconds into their return to action as Lionel Messi completed a comfortable 4-0 win at Mallorca in La Liga.
Lionel Messi has 20 goals and 14 assists in La Liga this season.
Arturo Vidal headed the opener and former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite added his first for the club before the break.
Luis Suarez came off the bench to make his first appearance since early January and Jordi Alba made it 3-0.
Lionel Messi scored his 20th league goal of the season late on.
Barca are now five points clear at the top of the table.
while Real will aim to trim the gap when they face Eibar on Sunday, this performance illustrated the size of their task to chase down the leaders.
The league’s corona virus suspension had given Suarez, 33, time to recover after the Uruguayan striker underwent surgery on his right knee in January.
The former Liverpool man looked sharp enough and went close on several occasions, almost scoring the game’s fifth goal in added time.
La Liga gave Barcelona permission to make a signing outside the transfer window.
they rather surprisingly moved for Braithwaite, signing him from Leganes.
Mallorca had plenty of possession without causing too much drama, something a pitch invader in a Messi Argentina shirt provided.