Sunday, 16th March, 2014

Lionel Messi has become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer after helping himself to a hat-trick in his side's 7-0 La Liga demolition of Osasuna.

Barcelona came into the match under serious pressure, with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid sitting above them in the standings.

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Messi opened the scoring at the Camp Nou in the 18th minute before Alexis Sanchez doubled Barcelona's lead five minutes later.

Andres Iniesta then scored Barcelona's third in the 35th minute, sending them in at half-time 3-0 ahead.


Messi then grabbed his second just after the hour mark, with his third coming after a Cristian Tello goal.

Pedro Rodriguez then wrapped up proceedings with Barcelona's seventh in injury time, a result which keeps Barcelona third in La Liga, one point behind Atletico Madrid and four off leaders Real Madrid.

Messi's three goals move him to 371 strikes in club and friendly games for Barcelona, breaking the record which had been held by Paulino Alcantara, who managed 369 goals for the Blaugrana.

Read about Barcelona's forgotten hero, Paulino Alcantara.

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