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FC Barcelona News: 12 January 2015; Barça Win Match Against Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi Honored by LFP

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FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid (3-1): Three-headed monster strikes again | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s feared triple threat of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luís Suárez did all the damage on Sunday night as the Catalans emerged victorious over Atlético Madrid in a must-win match on Sunday night at Camp Nou.

Messi recognised by the LFP as the league's all-time leading goalscorer | FC Barcelona
Just before the game against Atlético Madrid, Carles Rexach presented Messi with an award recognising him as the all-time leading goalscorer in league history. Messi surpassed the previous record of 251 goals set by Athletic Club striker Telmo Zarra in 1955, doing it with a hat trick against Sevilla on November 22. Messi started the game with 250 goals and ended the match with 253.

Luis Enrique happy with total effort | FC Barcelona
Despite the big win, Luis Enrique refused to allow a state of euphoria to take hold. "All victories strengthen a team, but it's just three more points and the season is very long," he warned. He says he knows his team. "When we win everyone is happy, but the team is the same whether we win or not."

Five big reasons why FC Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
After two goals in Thursday's Cup match against Elche, Neymar did it again. The Brazilian scored the game's first and now has . Two more goals than he scored in all of last season. In addition, despite getting kicked in the ankle and drawing blood, he was not intimidated and got back on the pitch and made an enormous difference.

Neymar says win is 'for everyone' | FC Barcelona
It was a vibrant night that was full of emotions. One in which Barça scored a big 3–1 victory with all the scoring coming from the team's three-headed monster of Leo Messi, Neymar, and Luís Suárez. It was Neymar who opened the scoring, and he talked a little about the win after the match: "I am very happy with how we played. This win is for everybody."

Leo Messi says he is not going anywhere | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has been the focus of attention on and off the field. After scoring the third in Barça’s 3-1 win over Atlético Madrid, the striker made it clear in an interview with Barça TV post game programme ‘El Marcador’ that he "has no intention of going anywhere." He denied rumours that linked him to other teams for next season.

Another week with fixtures in the Spanish Cup and La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have a big week ahead of them. Their first test gives them a chance to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the Spanish Cup after last week's 5-0 trouncing of last 16 rivals Elche at Camp Nou. The return leg is at Elche on Thursday at 10.00pm (CET).

All set for the 2014 Ballon d'Or | FC Barcelona
This Monday Zurich will play host once again to the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or awards banquet. And once again, Leo Messi is one of three finalists for the award. Messi has been a finalist for the last eight years in a row. Should Messi win, it would be his fifth time.

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? How football's fiercest joust for supremacy made Ballon d'Or relevant | Eurosport
It may sound monotonous, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the awards ceremony for the best part of a decade because they are the dominant forces in the world game. Failing to recognise these two on football's equivalent of the Oscars would be like The Beatles ending up with 'nul points' at Eurovision.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend - Lionel Messi integral for Barcelona Gareth Bale dazzles for Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Senior dressing-room figures Javier Mashcerano and Andres Iniesta also spoke in a show of team unity. Barca's superb first-half performance, full of the buzzing intensity which has been lacking lately, blew Atletico away and showed what the team is capable of when they are all fully focused.

Sevilla move fourth with win | Sky Sports Football
Vicente Iborra opened the scoring for the visitors in the 58th minute before Coke wrapped up the points with Sevilla's second goal five minutes later. The result puts Los Rojiblancos two points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, while Almeria remained just two points clear of the bottom three.

Fran Rico rescues point for Granada against Real Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
Carlos Vela handed the visitors the lead by converting a penalty 10 minutes before the break and Fran Rico equalised, also from the spot, deep into the second half. The point left Granada three points from safety at the bottom of the Primera Division after fellow strugglers Elche earlier saw off Athletic Bilbao 2-1, while David Moyes' side moved up a spot into 12th - but just two points behind ninth-placed Celta Vigo.

Elche off the bottom after win | Sky Sports Football
Victor Rodriguez put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute at San Mames and Faycal Fajr doubled their advantage eight minutes into the second half. Mikel San Jose pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute but that was as good as it got for the hosts, as Elche - thrashed 5-0 by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey in midweek and beset by financial troubles - held on for only their third win in La Liga this term.

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