Alves showed off his new haircut at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

For the second time in 2013, the team have won three straight games – beating Deportivo, AC Milan and Rayo, following on from the three wins against Espanyol, Córdoba, and Málaga earlier in the year.

Rayo really pushed Barça – something that’s clear from their 43% possession stat during the game.

• Shots on goal were also spread evenly, with Barça having 7 to Rayo’s 8, compared to total shots of 19 for the hosts and 17 for the visitors.

• Full back Dani Alves, who came on as a first-half sub, was the Barça player who made most passes, 67, beating Piqué (58) and Mascherano (55). Trashorras made 87 for Rayo.

Villa started for his fourth straight game – a record for this season- having been in the starting line-up against Madrid (1-2), Deportivo (2-0), AC Milan (4-0) and Rayo (3-1), scoring against the last two.

Mascherano has also had four straight starts, alongside Villa, more than any other current squad member right now.

Jordi Alba and Mascherano won back most possession with 13 and 10 tackles each, whilst Figueras and Trashorras led the stats for Rayo.

Messi, who has now scored 55 goals this season, with 42 in the league, has scored in each of the last 18 games.

• His two goals also mean that he’s got a brace in 17 games so far and is now just 8 goals short of his league scoring record – 50 last season.

• Messi also wore the captain’s armband for the first time this season in a league game, taking over when Iniesta was brought off.

Roura has managed the team for 13 games, winning eight, drawing two and losing three.