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Lionel Messi makes more crazy stats with double for Barcelona against Alaves

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Two more to add to the collection

FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi put on another show on Saturday, scoring twice as Barcelona began their title defence with a 3-0 win over Alaves.

The Argentine opened the scoring with a cheeky little free-kick fired under the wall. It’s also Barcelona’s 6,000th goal scored in La Liga.

The funny thing is, he also scored Barcelona’s 5000th La Liga goals too. And his goal record is even more incredible than you might think, according to Opta:

He’s also the first player to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons this century.

He could have had a few more too. He hit the crossbar in the first half with another free-kick, and clipped the post in the second half.