- Barcelona kicked off 2018-19 La Liga season with a 3-0 win over Alaves
- Lionel Messi scored a brace and a Coutinho's lone goal sealed the victory for the defending champions
- The Argentine's first goal of the game marks Barca's 6000th goal in history
Spanish League champions Barcelona got their La Liga title defence off to a winning start following their 3-0 victory over visiting Alaves at the Camp Nou.
Two superb goals from Lionel Messi and one from Brazil attacker Philippe Coutinho ensured the Blaugrana entertained their home fans to the victory.
Having endured a barren first 45 minutes, the Argentine superstar opened his goal account for the new campaign in the 64th minute.
The Brazil forward doubled his side's lead with less than seven minutes to the wrap of the game after which Messi completed his double on the stroke of 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, new boy Arthur Melo and Luis Suarex provided assists for the second and third goals respectively, as Messi is said to have scored Barca's 6000th goal from their 2,801 games since 1929.
Their opening day victory over Alaves means they are topping the table temporarily until their arch rivals Real Madrid and other teams play their games.
Barcelona will travel to Real Valladolid for their next counter while Alaves host Real Betis.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Barcelona are now reportedly eyeing a move for Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso.
This comes after Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is reported to have told the Catalan giants to sign the 27-year-old Spaniard following his impressive performances at Chelsea.
Lionel Messi according to the report by Don Balon feels Marcos Alonso is the type of player that will be of great help to Barcelona next season.
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