The mercurial Argentine was back in competitive action on Saturday against Alaves.
He has wasted no time in putting the disappointment of a frustrating World Cup showing his country behind him, with his account already opened for 2018-19.
It did take him 64 minutes to break the deadlock against stubborn opposition, but a clever free-kick saw him fire under a jumping wall to get the ball rolling.
That effort proved to be a landmark one for Barca as it took them to 6,000 efforts in the Spanish top-flight.
Messi has contributed 385 efforts to that tally, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner having been their go-to man over the course of the last decade.
He also hit the club’s 5,000th La Liga goal nine years ago, with his remarkable consistency allowing him to keep re-writing the record books.
6000 - Barcelona's goals in La Liga:— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 18, 2018
1 - Manuel Parera 1929
1000 - Marcos Aurelio 1950
2000 - Pedro Tomás Zaballa 1964
3000 - Quini 1982
4000 - Guillermo Amor 1996
5000 - Lionel Messi 2009
6000 - LIONEL MESSI 2018
Messi’s brace against Alaves also saw him set another personal record.
Having recorded his first La Liga goal back in the 2004-05 campaign, the 31-year-old is now the first man in the 21st century to have found the target in 15 successive seasons.
15 - Lionel Messi is the first player in La Liga to score in 15 consecutive seasons in the 21st century (385 goals). Critical. pic.twitter.com/JYMXnU2anZ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 18, 2018
Barca will be hoping that there are plenty more goals to come, with Ernesto Valverde’s side seeking to defend their Spanish title in 2018-19.
They have made the perfect start to that quest, with Philippe Coutinho having also been on target in a 3-0 season-opening victory over Alaves.