A first-half hat-trick from Lionel Messi set Barcelona on their way to a resounding 8-0 win over Raja Casablanca at the Grand Stade in Tangier late Saturday night.
Messi, who sat out Barca's opening game of pre-season against Hamburg in midweek, returned here to spearhead the Catalan giants' goal rush in a one-sided clash.
Alexis Sanchez, a reported loan target for AC Milan, opened the floodgates for Tito Vilanova's men on the night, profiting from good work by Dani Alves to slot home after just 14 minutes.
It was 2-0 soon after as Messi latched onto a lovely through-ball from Ibrahim Afellay before producing his now customary finish, lifting the ball over Yassine El Had.
The Argentine, who had missed his side's 2-1 win over Hamburg with a calf injury, bagged his second of the gane and Barca's third not long after as he pounced on an error Chem-Eddine Chtibi.
Alexis got his name on the score sheet again before Messi completed his treble just before the break as he linked up with Alexis to devastating effect before supplying the finish.
Another goal by Alves from the penalty spot on the hour mark and two more came in the closing minutes as substitutes Sergi Gomez and Gerard Deulofeu completed the routing of the former Africa Club Champions