Lionel Messi secured the latest record of his phenomenal career in sublime fashion against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. The Barcelona star's outstanding chip over beleaguered Rayo goalkeeper Ruben Martinez means he is now out on his own as the leading goal-scorer ever for a single Spanish club with an incredible 336 to his name.
With Barcelona already 1-0 up following Adriano’s early effort, Messi dealt their opponents a further blow late in the first half. Running onto the end of Cesc Fabregas’s fine through pass, there looked little opportunity for Messi to get the ball up and over the advancing Martinez. Once again, though, Messi displayed why his is perhaps the greatest player the world has ever seen with the most audacious of dinks high over the Rayo keeper’s head and down into the waiting net.
The goal was Messi’s fifth in as many games. After initially being relatively quiet in front of goal, by his own ridiculous standards, since returning from injury last month, the Argentine is now in a rich vein of form. He is producing the goals, too, despite taking on a deeper role with more creative responsibility under Barcelona coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
A win for Barcelona will take them back level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, with Real Madrid having the chance to join them on Sunday in what promises to be the most exciting La Liga title race in recent memory.
Update: Get a full match report and highlights from the match, here.