Barcelona gets back to the winning streak as they cruised past Real Valladolid 3-0 away in La Liga on Tuesday as Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal to surpass Pele as the all-time record scorer for a single club.
AllNews understands that this was Barcelona's first away league win in five matches but they remain fifth, moving on to 24 points after 14 games.
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Messi finally got his first assist of the season when he picked out defender Clement Lenglet with a splendid cross and the Frenchman rose to head Barca in front after 21 minutes.
Clement Lenglet then rose a shirt depicting Barcelona loanee, Moussa Wague who has broken his leg while on loan at PAOK, showing the club support for the young defender.
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The Argentine also had a hand in Barca's second goal, laying on a pass for right-back Sergino Dest to latch on to down the right flank and play a cross into the path of Martin Braithwaite, who slid in to score in the 35th minute.
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Messi capped a brilliant individual and team display with a splendid goal midway through the second half, running in behind to meet a pass from teenager Pedri and slotting into the far bottom corner to eclipse Pele's scoring mark with Santos.
Messi almost scored a second in added time when he raced through on goal but fired against the post from a tight angle.
Lionel Messi said on his social media page that "when I started playing football I never thought I would break any records, especially the one I broke today, which was Pele's.
I can only thank everyone who helped me all these years; my family, my teammates, my friends, everyone who supports me every day." Barcelona skipper concluded.
Atletico Madrid is top with 32 points from 13 games after a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad earlier on Tuesday.