For this reason, Europe's top two goals scorers (both from the Estonian league), Brazilian Liliu of Nõmme Kalju FC with 31 goals (31 points) and Zakaria Beglarishvili of Flora Tallin with 30 goals (30 points), are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively.
Any hint of Messi being sidelined with the season entering its critical phase with titles on the line immediately overshadowed yet another outstanding performance by the Argentine.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits he could be without his main man for Wednesday's first leg against arch rivals Madrid.
The Catalans are facing a rough February schedule, with a pair of El Clasicos against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals, starting on Wednesday at the Nou Camp, as well as trips to Sevilla in La Liga and Lyon in the Champions League.
"I imagine that he can't be too bad", said Valverde.
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"We have to wait until [Sunday] to see how the pain is", Valverde said in his postgame news conference.
Messi scored twice at the Nou Camp to salvage Barca a point against Valencia that leaves them six points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.
Messi took his tally to 11 in the past nine matches in all competitions, passing 20 league goals for the 11th successive season.
Messi replied with a spot kick of his own in the 39th after Nelson Semedo was fouled in the box and he stuck again in the 64th when he unleashed a curling, left-foot strike into the net.
MESSI added a second one in the second half, a goal which only he can make look easy.