Barcelona attempt to establish themselves once again as a force in La Liga and the Champions League while facing an economic crisis caused by loss of revenue due to Covid and mismanagement.
The French forward pulled back his team into contention with two goals and two assists before Catalans beat Granada 5-3 after extra-time to win a riveting cup tie.
Messi had sat out the previous two games suspended after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup final defeat by Athletic Bilbao but looked refreshed and ultimately made the difference again.
Barca once again failed to build on an early advantage and were forced to grind out the victory in the second half as Valladolid took the game to them.
Lionel Messi came on as a substitute for the last 30 minutes for his first appearance of the season but was unable to spark the visitors' struggling attack, with Dortmund creating the best chances of the game.
Two masked people who identify themselves as Catalan threaten to use terrorist training against Spain once they arrive in the country from Syria, according to viral footage.
Right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected Spain's draft 2019 budget, a move that could force Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez into calling early elections.
The results for the regional election will show whether people will support Catalonia's separatist movement or tension with Spain will continue. More than 5.5 million Catalans are eligible to cast their ballots.
Catalonia's leader faces increased pressure as a Madrid-imposed deadline looms for him to decide whether he is going to defy international pleas for unity by declaring independence or back down and unleash the wrath of his separatist allies.
Thousands gather at the gates of Catalonia's judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with the vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli, Athletic Bilbao coach and former Barca player Ernesto Valverde, Eusebio Sacristan and Ronald Koeman are being named as Enrique's possible replacements.
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