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FC Barcelona News: 17 March 2014; Barça Demolish Osasuna, Lionel Messi Becomes Barcelona's Top Goalscorer

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FC Barcelona - CA Osasuna: Goalfest! (7-0) | FC Barcelona
A week ahead of the trip to the Bernabeu, Barça put seven past Osasuna to build on the clear improvement they showed against Manchester City in midweek. With Leo Messi at his lethal best – the Argentinean scored another hat trick and became the Club’s all time leading scorer – Martino’s side stormed to a seven goal thrashing and laid down a marker ahead of next week’s big game.

Leo Messi surpasses Paulino Alcántara and becomes FC Barcelona all-time top scorer | FC Barcelona
No one can stop Leo Messi. The Argentinian forward smashed the longstanding record of 369 goals for FC Barcelona that Paulino Alcántara held for 80 years. Barça’s Filipino legend played for the Club from 1912 to 1927, with a hiatus of two seasons in that time, and he scored a total of 142 goals in official matches and 227 goals in friendlies.

"The important thing is for this team to continue making history," says Messi | FC Barcelona
"The important thing is for this team to continue making history. These players have won everything and they deserve to keep on doing important things." Messi admitted that he knew that he was close to Alcántara’s record and that it’s an honour "to be part of the history of such a big club."

21 cleans sheets so far this season | FC Barcelona
This was Barça’s second 7-0 win this season, having seen off Levante by the same score - after leading 6-0 at the break.The team have now scored a total of 127 goals this season, 81 of them in the league, more than any other side in the competition.

Tata Martino clear on how to go into Bernabeu game | FC Barcelona
In the post-match press conference after the game against Osasuna Gerardo Martino said that his team "are on form" in the "crucial" part of the season. The FC Barcelona manager added that he "has no doubt" on how Barça should play at the Bernabéu next Sunday and that "today’s performance doesn’t change of mind in regards to who will play in Madrid."

Messi hits top form in time for Santiago Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is coming into this weekend’s clash with Real Madrid in tip top form. This Sunday, he overtook Paulino Alcántaraas the Club’s all time leading scorer with 371 goals and at just 26 there’s plenty more to come, as he moves into top gear at just the right time – having scored in eight of the team’s last nine games.

Bartra upbeat ahead of Madrid clash | FC Barcelona
It was an exhibition and a total rout of Osasuna (7-0) this Sunday afternoon in Barça’s return to La Liga after Champions League play this midweek. The Blaugrana, who qualified for the quarter-finals of the European competition on Wednesday, recovered their best form in La Liga. "I’m very happy with how the team played.

Busy week ahead of key clash | FC Barcelona
With the Clasico on the weekend, this is a special week of preparation for the players – full of emotions and hard work. The first training session of the week is at 11.00 this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, whilst Tata Martino has decided to give his players the day off on Tuesday - when Real Madrid will be themselves facing Schalke 04 in the Champions League.

Squad in training after Sunday's big win | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué, who was left out of Sunday’s game as a precaution, was back training with the rest of the players, whilst Carles Puyol worked apart, as did long term injuries Dos Santos and Cuenca. Barça B midfielder Sergi Samper also joined in the session.

Benzema fit for Clasico - report | Football Espana
Reports in the Spanish Press this morning suggest that Karim Benzema will be ready for El Clasico this weekend. Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday looking for the three points that could take them seven clear of their Catalan rivals. But Marca claim that Los Blancos will be able to call upon the services of the France international after a slight injury scare.

Sociedad edge closer to top four | Sky Sports Football
A 61st-minute goal from Imanol Agirretxe settled a match of few chances and boosted Real Sociedad's hopes of catching Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao. Valencia, meanwhile, slipped eight points behind seventh-placed Sevilla in their quest to reach the Europa League.

Sevilla win big | Sky Sports Football
Hopes of progressing to the Europa League quarter-finals this season could have been sunk following Thursday's 2-0 home defeat to Betis, but Sevilla's Primera Division form could yet see them playing Champions League football next season. A brace from Kevin Gameiro, one a penalty, plus further goals from Ivan Rakitic - also from the spot - and Diogo Figueiras earned them victory over Real Valladolid and improved their winning streak in La Liga to four matches.

Real Betis make point | Sky Sports Football
Fran Escriba's hosts had the better of the opportunities to force an opener in the first half but their opponents gave as good as they got. The draw extended Betis' unbeaten run to five games in all competitions, leaving them nine points from safety, while the point moves the hosts up one place to 13th.

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