The weight of a nation and the eyes of the footballing world were on Lionel Messi during the international break, and the 30-year-old duly delivered.
His stunning hat-trick in Ecuador sent Argentina to the World Cup, with Messi almost single-handedly avoiding a national catastrophe with a breathaking individual performance.
Now he returns to domestic action where he has also been in superb form and Messi will be looking to add to his tally of 11 league goals this season on Saturday evening; of course Barcelona face, in theory, one of the toughest games of the La Liga campaign this weekend, as they travel to the Spanish capital to play their first ever game in Atletico Madrid's brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Whether Messi's midweek exertions on the other side of the world affect his performance on Saturday evening remains to be seen, and as well as the physical difficulty of playing in the altitude of Quito, the emotional pressure that the forward was facing should not be underestimated.
Nevertheless he has enjoyed recent games away to Atletico Madrid, scoring a late winner when they met back in the league at the start of February as well netting in the Copa Del Rey when they met at the Vicente Calderon.
dabblebet offer Barca's number ten at 4/5 (1.80) to score at anytime, while the price of 4/1 (5.00) for him to net two or more could be worthy of a value bet. Matches between these two sides are always worth watching and dabblebet customers can watch and bet on this fixture via desktop, mobile and tablet. Your account must be funded or active in order to see the action live.
Elsewhere in the market, Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet twice midweek as Uruguay beat Bolivia to secure their World Cup place, and he is priced at 10/3 (4.33) to open the scoring and at evens (2.00) to net at anytime. Gerard Pique, meanwhile, has had quite a week off the pitch and he is available at 17/2 (9.50) to make more headlines by scoring on Saturday.
For Atleti, Antoine Griezmann has scored in all three competitive fixtures that Diego Simeone's men have played in their new stadium, netting in the league wins against Malaga and Sevilla as well as in the Champions League defeat to Chelsea, and the Frenchman remains the hosts' shortest priced player to find the back of the net at 6/5 (2.20).
Two Atleti players, however, have scored more league goals than Griezmann this season, which Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa both netting three times in the Primera Division. Carrasco is offered at 14/5 (3.80) to net once more while always lively Correa can be backed at 11/5 (3.20).