Despite the debacle at the Camp Nou prior to the game which lead to the closure of the gates hence making the team play behind close doors, Messi got a brace in a 3 goal thriller against Las Palmas.
There were clashes between protesters and police in Barcelona over the Catalan independence referendum.
The double means Messi is now Liga’s top scorer, and has a career-best 11 goals after seven La Liga matchdays.
Messi’s previous best total after seven Primeira Division matchdays was 10 in the 2011-12 campaign.
With Neymar sold to PSG, Luis Suarez injured and out of form and new signing Ousmane Dembele a long-term injury absence, Messi has been forced to take on more of the scoring burden for the Catalans this term.