Barca are two points clear of Granada and Atletico Madrid - the latter of whom have played an extra match due to the postponement of El Clasico last weekend - after 10 games.
Of the three, Messi is the current in-form player with the Argentine rediscovering his goal scoring touch along with providing numerous assists for his team-mates.
FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi needs to join Real Madrid in order to be considered as the best ever, according to former Argentina worldwide Hugo Gatti. As an replace, the mood became celebratory as Messi started working.
Messi's first goal was a spectacular curling free kick shot into the top corner in the 34th minute, and his second came with a shot from inside the area after he beautifully controlled a long pass by Ivan Rakitic in the 75th.
Guardiola continued: "I was lucky enough to have him, and Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta and Dani Alves and [Gerard] Pique".
Messi flicked one thru the legs of Oscar Plano, who threw his head lend a hand and for a moment stopped useless in frustration. Then it was Guardiola's turn, only this time the nutmeg doubled up as a pass.
In damage time, Messi ought to have had his hat-trick however curled broad of the left put up when he appeared sure to attain. It's miles going to had been his first mistake all night. If someone doesn't run, but scores three goals every game I can buy that, but nobody scores three goals a game, only Messi comes close.
Atletico Madrid may have performed with a drop of Messi's attacking inspiration as they have been held to a disappointing draw by Alaves. It's not just that he makes one move and unbalances them, but he sees what nobody else sees.