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FC Barcelona News: 16 February 2015; Lionel Messi Sets New Milestones as Barcelona Rout Levante

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FC Barcelona - Levante (5-0): High five! | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique made eight changes to the team that started midweek against Villarreal, with Suárez, Jordi Alba and Piqué among those on the bench. The manager had said in his pre-match press conference that this would not be as simple a game as some suspected, and for much of the first half that did indeed prove to be the case. Although Barça had the best of the play, Levante by no means looked out of their depth, belying their lowly position in the league table.

Leo Messi: 269 goals in 300 league matches | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian is already the highest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish championship after surpassing the previous record of 252 goals by Telmo Zarra against Sevilla last November. In fact, since then he scored in every game at the Camp Nou, an amazing return of 17 goals in ten games. He could extend that run by scoring in another home fixture, against Málaga next weekend.

In numbers: All Lionel Messi's milestones and records after his hat-trick against Levante | Eurosport
It took Messi to within two goals of Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga – the Real Madrid forward has 28 to Messi’s 26 – and took his tally for 2015 to a remarkable 11 goals and six assists in just seven Liga games.But more importantly, Messi also wrote his name into the history books for several reasons.

Five key talking points from the victory against Levante | FC Barcelona
Changes to starting XI: Luis Enrique has always said that every member of his squad is important and he showed that again on Sunday by making eight changes to the side that faced Villarreal. Only Mascherano, Messi and Neymar repeated.

Neymar unsure how he scored first goal | FC Barcelona
Neymar was more than happy with Barça’s performance against Levante on Sunday and also with "this winning run we’re on. We’re in great form and everything feels much easier now. We were able to play the way we like once again." It was he who opened the scoring after 16 minutes, but asked to explain the strange goal, all he could say was "I don’t know how I hit the ball. I think I was a bit lucky."

Greatest FC Barcelona bicycle kicks | FC Barcelona
Goals like that are rarities in football, but Barça fans have enjoyed similar treats in the past. Here are five of the best, featuring Puyol, Ronaldinho and, of course, Rivaldo’s unforgettable goal on the final day of the league season.

Luis Enrique dismisses fears of over-euphoria | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona beat Levante by a mighty 5-0 scoreline at the Camp Nou on Sunday. It was their eleventh win in a row – one of the best streaks the team has had for a long time.

Just one game for FC Barcelona this week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will not have to play a a mid-week match again until the 24 February when they face Manchester City in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. As a result, the team will have a few more days to prepare for next weekend's match against Málaga, scheduled for Saturday at 4.00pm* at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi stars again Cristiano Ronaldo struggles, Atletico lose Five things we learned in La Liga - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi graced his 300th La Liga game with his 23rd league hat trick in Barcelona's 5-0 stroll past Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon. For good measure Messi also broke the league's total assists mark: moving to 106 [one ahead of Luis Figo] in a stat for which records only go back 25 years.

Celta Vigo stun champions Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports Football
Celta Vigo stunned Atletico Madrid to bring the champions back down to earth after last week's demolition of Real Madrid, winning 2-0 at Balaidos thanks to two second-half goals. Nolito converted a hotly-contested penalty in the 58th minute and Fabian Orellana then sealed the points for the Galicians with a thumping drive.

Valencia beat Getafe 1-0 to return to top four | Sky Sports Football
Valencia moved back into the Primera Division top four with an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Getafe. Alvaro Negredo's 72nd-minute penalty gave Los Che the points which move them back above Sevilla and just three points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, who play at Celta Vigo later on Sunday.

Rayo Vallecano claim rare home win | Sky Sports Football
Second half goals from Alberto Bueno and Gael Kakuta saw Rayo Vallecano beat Villarreal 2-0 to pick up their first home victory in almost three months. The win brought a welcome end to a three game losing streak for the Madrid outfit, widening the gap between them and the relegation zone to seven points.

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