Lionel Messi scored the quickest goal of his career to give Barcelona the advantage in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Messi slid an angled shot through the legs of visiting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after two minutes and eight seconds at Camp Nou to give Ernesto Valverde’s men a 2-1 aggregate lead.
None of the 30-year-old Argentina star’s 601 career goals for club and country have arrived earlier in a match.
There was more to come from Messi as he laid on Ousmane Dembele’s venomous 20th-minute strike to put Barca 2-0 up on the night.
It meant his first two touches inside the Chelsea box had resulted in a goal and an assist.
02:08 – Lionel Messi has scored the fastest goal of his career (Barcelona and Argentina). Ray. pic.twitter.com/CcGY4InWmy
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 14, 2018
2 – Lionel Messi’s first two touches in the opposition box v Chelsea were a goal and an assist. Invader.
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) March 14, 2018
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