Following Mauro Icardi’s ‘póker’ earlier on Sunday afternoon, Lionel Messi clearly felt unable to leave the youngster to hog all the limelight back in their homeland – and indeed their home town, since Icardi, like Messi, is from Rosario. Barcelona hosted Osasuna in the Camp Nou, and Messi hit four goals of his own as the hosts won 5-1 to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga. Sergio Araujo, the former Boca Juniors youngster, scored twice for Barςa B, but Messi left no doubt about who the main man is, once again.
In the other main Argentine news from Spain, Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid visited Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao, and got beaten 3-0, meaning Barcelona’s lead atop La Liga is now eleven points. And elsewhere, Javier Saviola got Málaga’s first goal, as they won 3-2 away to Real Mallorca (Martín Demichelis was sent off late on).