Madrid: Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has set his sights on beating Real Madrid next weekend after leading Barcelona to a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna on Sunday. Messi overtook Paulino Alcantara to become Barca's all-time leading scorer in all forms of football with his second goal of the afternoon before completing his hat-trick to take his tally for the club to 371.
Victory moved Barca back to within four points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with both sides set to meet at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday. And Messi is hoping that a win in the Spanish capital will put his side right back in the La Liga title race.
"I hope we see a good version of Barcelona and we can get a positive result, which we need to still be in there fighting for La Liga just a point behind," he told Barca TV.