"With Messi you have to expect the unexpected".
Messi then grabbed his second of the clash late on, and Busquets has conceded that Barcelona "found it rather hard against Alaves" before the Argentine turned on the style. He also hit the post from inside the area a few minutes after his opening goal.
It was nine years since it was he who broke the 5,000 goal barrier for Barcelona in the Primera and yesterday he got the 6,000th with record books full of statistics from the Rosario born player.
Mario Hermoso scored just before half time to put the visitors ahead but his central defensive partner David Lopez put through his own net in the second half.
Barcelona opened its league campaign with a win for the 10thstraight season.
Messi had clanged the crossbar in the first half from a set- piece and Ousmane Dembele forced visiting goalkeeper Pacheco to make an impressive save while Luis Suarez looked immobile and ineffective.
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"It's possible - we know his tendency to be drawn to where the ball is", Valverde told reporters, adding that regardless of where Messi plays on the pitch, the team will gain fruitful results.
Villarreal entered the new season with high hopes after a solid fifth-place finish in 2017-18, but its disappointing home opener dampened fans' expectations.
Only Real Madrid have scored more goals in the league, with 6,041 in 2,800 games.
Celta Vigo were held to a 1-1 draw by Espanyol, while on Friday Levante pulled off a surprise 3-0 win at Real Betis.
Atletico Madrid - last season's runner-up - visits Valencia on Monday.