Barcelona at hailing it as the biggest new arrival of the transfer window – Leo Messi back after a month in Argentina and he is already in the goals scoring a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw in front of 13,000 supporters at the club’s mini-stadium alongside the Camp Nou.

After two months away from the game and a month in Argentina the four-times Balon D’Or winner is ready to help keep Barça top of La Liga and knock Manchester City out of the Champions League and he showed he has not lost his eye for goal in an open training session on Friday.

Messi will sit out Sunday’s meeting with Elche at the Camp Nou but be back next Wednesday in the Spanish Cup first leg quarter final against Getafe.

The Argentine touched down at Barcelona El Prat airport on Thursday evening and was driven straight to the club’s nearby Sant Joan Despí training complex. It wasn’t quite a case of changing in the back seat but he was quickly out of his civvies and into training kit to just make the 7pm local time session.