Marking Lionel Messi is like marking the smoke monster in Lost, even on a good day. When La Pulga is feeling particularly motivated, as he has been so far this season, it's like if the smoke monster could also teleport and shoot lasers.
Eibar found that out the hard way, finding themselves on the wrong side of a 6-1 demolition by Barcelona, four of which came from Messi.
This makes nine goals in five matches to start La Liga, marking Messi's best-ever start to a league season. Add that to his Champions League form, which Juventus found out is kind of terrifying, and Messi is playing at a level that is incredible even for him.
Messi is playing so well Real Madrid, one of the most talented squads ever assembled, are struggling to keep pace, and he's doing it at a club swirling in controversy (he and Iniesta haven't signed their new contracts yet).
Enjoy this season from Messi. It looks like it's going to be something special.