La Liga: Lionel Messi scores twice in Barcelona's 6-0 rout of Rayo Vallecano

Lionel Messi's double gave him 228 goals in league play at the age of 26, giving him one more than Alfredo Di Stefano and tying him with Raul Gonzalez as the competition's third all-time leading scorer. Telmo Zarra holds the record with 251.

updated: February 16, 2014 04:58 IST
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Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another to help Barcelona brush aside Rayo Vallecano 6-0 and keep their share of the Spanish league lead on Saturday, after fellow pace-setter Atletico Madrid beat Valladolid 3-0.

Barcelona's big win, which included the scoring return of Neymar after a monthlong injury absence, came three days before it visits Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Barcelona punished a visiting Rayo side intent on trying to deploy a similar precision passing attack and was unfortunate to head into halftime only up 2-0 from Adriano's second-minute opener and Messi's lob in the 36th.

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