Lionel Messi celebrated a record-breaking 768th look for Barcelona with two targets because the Spanish giants thrashed Actual Sociedad 6-1 in La Liga.
The Argentina ahead, 33, moved one recreation away from former midfielder Xavi’s whole as Barca closed the hole on leaders Atletico Madrid to 4 factors.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring, Sergino Dest scored twice and Ousmane Dembele additionally discovered the online.
Messi has now scored 23 league targets to this point this season.
At 5-0 down, Ander Barrenetxea did handle to discover a comfort aim for Sociedad with arguably the strike of the night time, but it surely was far too late for Imanol Alguacil’s facet to stage a fightback on the Anoeta Stadium.
Messi didn’t disappoint on his history-making night time, displaying the identical power and enthusiasm he has achieved all through his profession for the Catalan membership.
His first main act was to show supplier for American Dest to attain his first aim for Barcelona. The threaded through-ball additionally took Messi’s help tally as much as eight for the 2020-21 season.
After testing Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro twice within the first half, Messi lastly grabbed a well-deserved reward in the course of the second half by poking residence Barca’s fourth.
The icing on the cake for Messi got here on 89 minutes when the Argentine’s good link-up play with left-back Jordi Alba resulted in a second aim on his particular night time.
As a lot because the three factors have been a welcome birthday present for boss Ronald Koeman, Barca nonetheless path league leaders Atletico Madrid within the race to turn out to be champions.
Earlier on Sunday, Diego Simeone’s men beat Alaves 1-0, because of Luis Suarez’s five hundredth profession aim and a late Jan Oblak penalty save.
The historical past man provides to his information
The king of the Nou Camp will turn out to be a free agent this summer time when his contract expires, however his statistics for the well-known membership could by no means be crushed.
Due to his double towards Sociedad, Messi has prolonged his tally as Barca’s report goalscorer to 663 targets in all competitions.
With regards to La Liga’s all-time high scorer, he’s out in entrance with 467 targets. That is 156 greater than closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s 311 for Actual Madrid.
He has additionally chalked up not less than 20 targets in La Liga in 13 consecutive seasons, the best report within the competitors.
Lower than three months into 2021, Messi has already scored 15 targets within the 12 video games he has performed. And with one other El Clasico on the horizon following the worldwide break, the playmaker can be trying to high up his tally of 26 targets in all competitions towards rivals Actual Madrid – probably the most any participant has scored within the fixture.
Quiz – identify the Barcelona stalwarts
In honour of a sure footballer making Barca historical past on Sunday, we have now just a little quiz so that you can attempt.
Under are the ten gamers who’ve made probably the most appearances for the Catalan membership. All it’s a must to do is identify as many as you possibly can in eight minutes.
The primary one is simple. His identify is talked about a number of instances on this report.
Choose begin quiz and good luck.
Gamers with probably the most appearances for Barcelona
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- 5ZubeldiaBooked at 79minsSubstituted forSagnanat 83′minutes
- 36ZubimendiBooked at 9minsSubstituted forFernándezat 72′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 24Le Normand
- 18GorosabelSubstituted forBarrenetxeaat 61′minutes
- 7Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forJanuzajat 61′minutes
- 19IsakSubstituted forBautistaat 83′minutes
- 1ter Stegen
- 21de Jong
- 2DestSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 84′minutes
- 5BusquetsBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAraujoat 67′minutes
- 16GonzálezSubstituted forKourouma Kouroumaat 68′minutes
- 7GriezmannSubstituted forPuigat 85′minutes
- 11DembéléSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 79′minutesBooked at 88mins
- 13Murara Neto
- 17Machado Trincão
- 19Fernandes Siqueira
- 27Kourouma Kourouma
- José Luis Munuera Montero
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Match ends, Actual Sociedad 1, Barcelona 6.
Second Half ends, Actual Sociedad 1, Barcelona 6.
Carlos Fernández (Actual Sociedad) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Carlos Fernández (Actual Sociedad).
Try blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Actual Sociedad) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Martín Merquelanz.
Foul by Ilaix Moriba (Barcelona).
Mikel Oyarzabal (Actual Sociedad) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Aim! Actual Sociedad 1, Barcelona 6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Jordi Alba.
Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).
Robin Le Normand (Actual Sociedad) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. Jon Bautista (Actual Sociedad) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Fernández.
Try saved. Carlos Fernández (Actual Sociedad) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Jon Bautista.
Try missed. Jon Bautista (Actual Sociedad) proper footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the left. Assisted by Ander Barrenetxea.
Substitution, Barcelona. Riqui Puig replaces Antoine Griezmann.
Substitution, Barcelona. Trincão replaces Sergiño Dest.
Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ander Barrenetxea (Actual Sociedad).
Substitution, Actual Sociedad. Jon Bautista replaces Alexander Isak.