A Fernando Torres goal gave the home side hope but the South American stars popped up to secure the three points. Substitute Lionel Messi’s winner saw Barcelona record a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s La Liga encounter at the Vicente Calderon.
Both sides had won their opening two fixtures, but only Barca were able to keep up their perfect record in the Spanish capital.
Atletico started without new signings Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Luciano Vietto and Jackson Martinez, while Luis Enrique opted to bench star attacker Messi.
Fernando Torres broke the deadlock after the interval, only for Neymar to restore parity four minutes later and Messi then scored the winner after coming off the bench.
The result sees Barcelona move top of the table with nine points from three matches, while Atletico sit fifth with six points.