Lionel Messi scores volley after ridiculous one-two with Jordi Alba vs Levante

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Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga standings to nine points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scored in a routine if underwhelming 3-0 win at home to struggling Levante on Sunday, with Paulinho increasing their lead in added time.

However, given the fact that the Catalan giants have already made Messi the world's highest paid player after a rather long negotiating session, they wouldn't want him to leave for free. Barcelona said Coutinho has yet to meet with his new teammates and coach, although he did make an appearance at the stadium for a photo session after Sunday's match.

With the win, Barcelona opened the gap between themselves and Real Madrid to seventeen points with our rivals playing Celta Vigo in their fixture later tonight.

The 25-year-old Brazilian, whose transfer is the third-biggest in football history, was not in attendance at the Camp Nou as the club's previous record recruit Ousmane Dembele started.

Messi was back in the starting line-up after missing the King's Cup draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday.

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Left-back Jordi Alba received the ball inside the box and his header back towards Messi was inch-perfect, allowing the forward to volley home.

Apart from the total 30 titles that he has collected with Barcelona, Messi has been honoured with the Ballon d'Or award a record five times.

The defender helped to set up Barcelona's second goal by lobbing a pass over Levante's defense where Sergi Roberto used one touch to send it to Suarez in the 38th.

Messi was snapped with his two sons and wife Antonella Roccuzzo, who donned a bright pink Playboy jumper, as they arrived at the Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

Barcelona reserve-team striker Jose Arnaiz debuted in the league as a late substitute.

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