New records for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi set a new record on Sunday as he scored both goals in Barcelona’s 1-2 win over Betis. The first goal equalled Gerd Muller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in a calendar year for club and country, the second set the new record.

Messi was already Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer but was equal with Cesar Rodriguez on 192 at the top of the club’s leading league scoring list before his goals on Sunday also moved him clear at the top of that list as well.

Barcelona maintain their six point lead over Atletico Madrid with Real Madrid in third place, eleven points adrift.

Radamel Falcao scored five goals, one of them from the penalty spot, in Atlético’s 6-0 thrashing of Deportivo on Sunday, with Diego Costa the only other player on the scoresheet.

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