Messi's Barcelona were top of the Spanish football league with 11 games to go when last season was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Catalans lost the title to Real Madrid when play later resumed in empty stadiums.
Messi headed in from Jordi Alba's cross after his first-half penalty was saved to equal the mark set by the Brazilian great Pele for Santos.
The two had not faced each other since the the former Real Madrid striker swapped the team for Juventus in 2018.
From Cristiano Ronaldo to Leo Messi, the footballing world is in shock at the demise of one of the greatest players that ever played the beautiful game, Diego Maradona.
A Nicolas Gonzalez goal brought Argentina back level after Angel Romero's penalty put Paraguay in front at the home of Boca Juniors, where football fans were absent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi failed to turn up for pre-season training as talks with Messi’s father, who is also his agent, are expected this week in Barcelona,.
Barcelona will have to improve significantly to match Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, who are arguably favourites to win the tournament.
An impressive victory for FC Bareclona reduces the gap back to four points behind Real Madrid, who earlier ground out another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
In February, Spain’s Cadena Ser radio network reported that a company hired by Barcelona used fake social media accounts to discredit opposition figures and even some of its players when they expressed views that went against the club.
Suarez put Barca in front in the 29th minute before setting up Messi on his landmark night moments later.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored twice in two minutes as Barcelona broke the resistance of 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday to go 11 points clear of their La Liga title rivals.
Messi opened the scoring with an unstoppable free kick then combined with devastating effect with Luis Suarez to carve Betis open and score a second goal right before halftime.
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