Messi scored a brace in the game as the Catalan outfit inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Elche. After a goalless first half, Messi broke the deadlock in the 48th minute. The Argentine then doubled his and Barcelona's lead in the 68th minute before Jordi Alba sealed their victory with a goal in the 73rd minute.
After the game, Elche goalkeeper Badia asked Messi for his jersey. The Argentine gave the jersey to Badia and surprised the goalkeeper by asking him for his jersey too. Badia's reaction was priceless and he admitted on Twitter that he was surprised by Messi's gesture.
"Yes, I was surprised," Badia wrote on Twitter. "But do you know what I was thinking despite the result? That this team is going to be saved. As a TEAM, as a GROUP. We will continue to take steps forward and improve and compete against any rival. Great first half yesterday! Let's do this."
Meanwhile, Barcelona face Sevilla in La Liga in their next fixture. A defeat at the hands of Julen Lopetegui's side could prove to be detrimental, with the Catalan outfit, who sit third in the league table, only two points ahead of Sevilla, who have a game in hand.