Henry Winter for The Telegraph:
The greatest player on the planet, Lionel Messi, showed he has the strength of character to go with his formidable technical gifts. Last summer ended in the deepest of frustrations for the Argentinian with defeat in the World Cup final and some critics questioning whether his best days were behind him. Messi has responded magnificently, sealing the Treble here for Barcelona with involvement in both of their goals for Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.
It was not his most heavyweight performance of the season, certainly not in comparison to his remarkable work against Manchester City and Bayern Munich but this was still a powerful reminder of his class. Some of his passes were sublime, showing constant awareness of his team-mates’ movement.