Barcelona 4-1 Huesca: Lionel Messi scores stunner
Barcelona 4-1 Huesca: Lionel Messi scores stunner as Ronald Koeman's side closes the gap on Atletico Madrid to four points in La Liga.
Lionel Messi scored another stunning goal as Barcelona beat Huesca 4-1 to close the gap on LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid to four points.
The forward gave his side the lead in the 13th minute with a sensational strike which sailed into the top left-hand corner. Antoine Griezmann then made it 2-0 before a Rafa Mir penalty gave Huesca a lifeline just before half-time.
But an Oscar Mingueza header in the 53rd minute put Barca back in the ascendancy with Messi grabbing his brace in the closing stages of the game to give the Catalans a 4-1 victory.
It was a momentous night for Messi, who equalled Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for the LaLiga club.
The Argentine, who joined Barca aged 13 in 2000 before making his first-team debut four years later, moved level with the Catalan on 767 appearances.
He now holds the record alongside being the club’s all-time highest goalscorer with 359 and most-decorated player having lifted 34 pieces of silverware in Blaugrana.
He has also racked up the most assists (289), hat-tricks (48) and has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times.
Messi will have the chance to become the outright holder next Sunday when Barca travel to Real Sociedad.