Lionel Messi sets new La Liga record after spearheading Atletico defeat at Nou Camp

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Lionel Messi sets new La Liga record after spearheading Atletico defeat at Nou Camp

Lionel Messi has set a new La Liga record after spearheading Barcelona’s defeat of Atletico Madrid defeat on Saturday, April 6, at Nou Camp.

According to Goal.com, the performance of the Argentine playmaker, who also doubles as captain ensured Iker Casillas’s previous record as La Liga star with most wins will no longer count.

However, the victory was a tough one for the Catalans as Atletico Madrid were difficult to break down, despite losing Diego Costa early in the contest due to a straight red card for foul language.

Jan Oblak was in top form during the contest and frustrated the pair of Messi and Luis Suarez with top class saves.

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But in the 84th minute, Barcelona netted the opener through Suarez with a stunning strike from the edge of the box that went beyond the reach of the shot-stopper.

Two minutes later, Messi completed the job with a textbook goal that left Oblak in wonderland, ensuring Barcelona claimed a 2-0 to enhance their quest their defence of the La Liga title

The victory means Messi has a total of 335 wins in the Spanish Primera division, a number higher than any other player in the record books of the Spanish topflight.

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Previously, Iker Casillas, was on top of the most wins after claiming 334 victories during his days for Real Madrid.

Interestingly, while Casillas’ needed 510 matches to achieve the feat, Messi reached the landmark in 447 games – meaning his total winning rate is a little under 75 per cent when playing for Barcelona.

At the last count, the Argentine now netted 33 goals in the current Liga campaign, 13 more than teammate Suarez.

Barcelona now sit 11-point clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the summit of the La Liga log.


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