All eyes were understandably on Messi for visit of PSG, given the speculation linking him with a future move to the Parisians, and he took a back seat for a while on Tuesday.
But after Frenkie de Jong was accidentally tripped by Layvin Kurzawa when trying to latch on to a pass from Barcelona's captain, referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot – Messi did the rest.
Lionel Messi scores his 28th goal in 27 round of 16 games. No one has scored more goals in this stage of the knockouts 🔥 pic.twitter.com/A9tKcWlzNV— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) February 16, 2021
He casually picked out the top-right corner of the net, giving Keylor Navas no hope, bringing himself level with Raul for the consecutive goal-scoring years in Europe's elite competition.
Messi's first was in 2005 – Raul's goals spanned 1995-2011.
Additionally, it was Messi's 20th goal of the season across all competitions, remarkably making it the 13th season in succession that he has reached that mark.
But Kylian Mbappe soon hit back for the visitors, getting them a vital away goal.
It was his 15th away Champions League goal out of a total 22 – this is the greatest proportion (68 per cent) of goals scored on the road among players with at least 20 in the competition.