Barcelona 4 Valencia 2: Lionel Messi produces stunning performance and breaks more records as Barca keep on Real Madrid’s tail
World best Football LIONEL MESSI has broken yet more records as Barcelona beat Valencia 4-2 at the Nou Camp to keep pace with leaders Real Madrid.
The Argentine maestro scored a double, making him the only La Liga player to reach 40 goals in each of the last eight seasons in all competitions.
Added to that, Barcelona player Messi became the very first player to score 25 plus goals in La Liga in eight successive seasons.
Mid-table Valencia’s Manchester City loanee Eliaquim Mangala opened the scoring on the night with a header, before Luis Suarez equalised, sliding home from Neymar’s quick throw-in
Mangala then went from hero to villain on the stroke of half-time, denying Suarez a clear goalscoring opportunity before being shown a straight red.
Messi converted the penalty for 2-1 – but there was still time in the first period for Munir El Haddadi to turn home Jose Luis Gaya’s cross.
On the 52nd minute, Messi’s volley was closed down, before the wall was worked back to him by Javier Mascherano and the superstar worked his magic to strike a low shot home to give Barca the lead again.
Messi broke two scoring records tonight, confirming he is one of the greatest ever
Luis Enrique’s Barca withstood late pressure and extended their lead, the magnificent Neymar crossing for Andre Gomes to tap in his first goal for the club against Valencia, the team he signed from in the summer.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real may have a game in hand, but on this evidence Barcelona aren’t giving up the title any time soon.
more recommended stories
What next for Torquator Tasso after Arc upset?
It wasn’t supposed to happen. The.
Husband in court over killing of Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop
The husband of the Kenyan athlete,.
Stadium stand collapses as Dutch football fans celebrate football victory
Stadium stand collapses as bouncing Vitesse.
Full Statement Deontay Wilder Congratulates Tyson Fury
The former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder releases.
Deontay Wilder handed six-month suspension after suffering loss against Tyson Fury
Wilder was dropped three times on.
Nevada Magistrate recommends dismissal of Cristiano Ronaldo Sexual assault case
A Nevada magistrate judge has recommended.
Manchester City fight back twice for 2-2 draw at Liverpool
Manchester City came from behind twice.
Manny Pacquiao: Eight-division world champion retires from boxing eyes presidency
The eight-division world champion and Philippines.