Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has broken yet another club record when he netted in the 3-0 rout of Athletic Bilbao over the weekend.
The Barcelona superstar was on the goalscorers’ sheet, helping the Catalan giant put pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga.
Since his move from Valencia last year, Paco Alcacer scored his first for the club when he connected to a pass from Brazilian forward Neymar. Alcacer opened the scoring for the hosts in the 18th minute. The goal was spectacular and worth the wait for the centre forward that has not yet lived up to his billing since his move to the Nou Camp.
Messi increased the tally for Barca when he whipped in his 27th goal from a set piece. The goal scored in the 40th minute broke the club record. Barca is known to be a club that passes, breaks opposition before scoring but Messi took his free kick conversion rate to another level. He holds the record for most goals scored through free kicks at Barcelona. Aleix Vidal completed the 3-0 scoreline when he scored a solo effort.
Coach Luis Enrique would be satisfied with the showing despite the visitors making life difficult in the opening minutes of the encounter. After the victory over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, Enrique rested striker Luis Suarez but the rest of the team were able to finish off the duel comfortably.
Real Madrid are still the log leaders by a point, with two games in hand. They were set to play Celta Vigo on Sunday but the bad weather forced the game to be postponed. Barcelona are mounting serious pressure that might favour them if Real get their schedule messed up.