Match Gallery: Leganés (Sept 17)

  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Lionel Messi (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates Neymar JR. (R) and Luis Suarez (L)  during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Lionel Messi (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates Neymar JR. (R) and Luis Suarez (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
    Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Neymar JR. (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal with teammate Luis Suarez (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Neymar JR. (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal with teammate Luis Suarez (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Leganes' goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes jumps as he misses to stop a penalty shot by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Leganes' goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes jumps as he misses to stop a penalty shot by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Lionel Messi (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Lionel Messi (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebates after scoring the opener during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebates after scoring the opener during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Luis Enrique Martinez of FC Barcelona looks on as he enters to the pitch prior to start the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Luis Enrique Martinez of FC Barcelona looks on as he enters to the pitch prior to start the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (L) chats with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) past Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi lacing his shoe during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (L) chats with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) past Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi lacing his shoe during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
    Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Andres Iniesta (R) of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Una Lopez (L) of Deportivo Leganes during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Andres Iniesta (R) of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Una Lopez (L) of Deportivo Leganes during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafael Alcantara alias Rafinha (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammate Lionel Messi (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafael Alcantara alias Rafinha (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammate Lionel Messi (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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