Barcelona 2 Deportivo La Coruna 0: Magical Messi finds the net for 17th game running as Barca close in on title

By Frank Foster

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Lionel Messi extended his La Liga record by scoring in his 17th consecutive game and his 51st of the season as Barcelona cruised to victory at the Nou Camp against Deportivo.

The 25-year-old picked up the ball inside the Depor half before weaving his way into the box and clipping a beautiful finish over the goalkeeper after a one-two with Alexis Sanchez.

With a vital Champions League tie against AC Mlan on Tuesday, Barcelona rested a number of first-team regulars, including Messi, who had to make do with a place on the substitutes bench.

Unstoppable: Messi's goal was his 40th in the league this season

Unstoppable: Messi's goal was his 40th in the league this season

Having lost the first leg 2-0 in the San Siro, Milan travel to the Nou Camp as slight favourites but will be prepared for a Barcelona onslaught as the Catalan club search for their fourth European title in eight seasons.

Barcelona now lead their rivals Real Madrid by 14 points at the top of La Liga with Jose Mourinho's team yet to play this weekend. 

Back on song: Barcelona will be hoping that Messi can help them overturn a two goal deficit against AC Milan on Tuesday

Back on song: Barcelona will be hoping that Messi can help them overturn a two goal deficit against AC Milan on Tuesday

 

 

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Barca win, what a surprise TINPOT LEAGUE ALERT

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Why does the first picture show Messi against Atletico?

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before clowns come on here saying theyd like to see to him do it in another league other than la liga.. 5 years running top scorer in the champions league. enough said.

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Re: Mike Belfast. You might want to read it again, as it says: Lionel Messi extended his La Liga record by scoring in his 17th consecutive game. Notice how it says: La Liga, which is the name of the Spanish League.

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Re: Mike Belfast. You might want to read it again, as it says: Lionel Messi extended his La Liga record by scoring in his 17th consecutive game. Notice how it says: La Liga, which is the name of the Spanish League.

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Maybe it should be mentioned that Messi has beaten the record achievement of Polish forward Teodor Peterek from Ruch Chorzow (then Ruch Wielkie Hajduki / Great Hajduks/). He scored 22 times in 16 consecutive games. It was before WWII, however Polish league was quite mature then and the best Polish international achievement was 5:6 (AET) against Brasil in World Championship. So we can say that in Peterek's times the distance between Poland and Brasil was smaller that at present :-) Peterek wasn't Messi, he was tall, probably at least 185 cm and often scored goals with English-style headers.

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85 goals last year, watch him come with a piddling 75-80 this year. YEAH WE'RE ONTO MESSI!

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Didn't Messi draw a blank in the San Siro? What is this "17 consecutive games" nonsense? - Mike , Belfast, 10/3/2013 12:06 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In La Liga; in any national league no one has achieved that .

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Didn't Messi draw a blank in the San Siro? What is this "17 consecutive games" nonsense?

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No one could deny the fact that Messi is the best player in the world. However he need to find a solution to deal with the teams who are playing ten men behind the ball. As a team Barcelona need change their style of play, if opposing team playing with 10 men behind the ball at the moment simply they clueless and predictable

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