Philippe Coutinho took only 92 seconds to give Barca the lead at Wembley on Wednesday, with Rakitic's unstoppable 25-yarder doubling the Catalan side's first-half advantage.
Messi now has five goals in just two European games this season, having scored a hat trick against PSV Eindhoven last month. We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.
His performance was so impressive that he was widely compared to Barca legend Xavi on social media and by pundit Rio Ferdinand, who hailed his "magnificent Xavi-esque" display in helping put on "a clinic" in dominating a game.
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The Catalan giants got off to a ideal start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory.
It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca's demise were greatly exaggerated.
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That wasn't enough when Todd Gurley and David Johnson received between $31-45 million in guarantees. If Bell had his way, though, he'd return to Pittsburgh on a long-term contract.
A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.
Erik Lamela's deflected strike kept Tottenham in the hunt, but Messi capped a mesmerising performance in the final moments to give Barca a second successive group-stage victory as they emerged from their recent struggles.
On the other hand Suarez once again failed to score and has now gone nearly three years without a goal away from home in the Champions League.
"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".
Messi scored two and made two as Mauricio Pochettino's team failed to recover from defeat in Milan two weeks ago, falling six points behind the top two in the race to qualify from Group B, and Winks believes his side were ultimately undone by the "exceptional" Argentinean.
And that failure to invest bit hard against Barca, with key men such as Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele all missing and Pochettino unable to call on anything like their quality as replacements.
Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.