Lionel Messi has yet again etched his name – in gold – into the record books having smashed another record, this time the record for being the first player in Spanish football history to record 500 victories.
The Argentina International was instrumental to a 5-0 win over Leganes, finding the net twice and providing one assist. Following what has been an illustrious career, the Barcelona skipper set once again an unprecedented new mark in the process.
The Blaugranas talisman was left out of the team that oversaw an unconvincing win over Ibiza last week, but Barca manager, Setien returned the 32-year-old to the starting lineup to help him past Leganes.
First half goals from Antoinme Griezmann and Clement Lenglet quickly shoved aside the disappointing loss to Valencia on Saturday, with both goals coming just before the interval came calling.
Messi then led Barcelona into a commanding three-goal lead just before the hour mark from a deflected shot before Arthur polished the scoreline some more with a 77th minute goal.
The six-time Balon D’Or winner then got his second of the night just at the death of the game, rounding up Leganes goalkeeper and shooting into the top of the net with his left foot. What a sumptuous finish that was!
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With that commanding win led by the talismanic forward, Messi has now bagged 500 victories in a Barcelona shirt, the highest number of wins recorded by any player in any tier of Spanish football.
It took only 710 games for the brilliant forward to hit that mark, and he would likely hit a couple more before he calls it quit on his time at the Camp Nou.
The Blaugranas have now secured safe passage into the last-8 along with other Laliga outfits like Real Madrid, Granada, Real Sociedad and Villareal.
Messi’s brace has taken his tally for the season up to 20, a number that could quickly grow when Barcelona welcome Levante to the Camp Nou on Sunday.