Lionel Messi became the player with the most wins for Barcelona on Sunday. The captain overtook Xavi at the top of the list as he notched his 477th victory for the club in his 674th game.
Luis Suarez also etched his name into the history books against Real Betis. The striker scored his 128th La Liga goal which sees him equal Diego Forlan as the top all-time Uruguayan goalscorer in the Spanish top flight.
Gerard Pique was full of praise for Lionel Messi after another masterclass against Real Betis. He said after the match: “What we have seen up until now shows there’s no one like Messi. He is special and he’s repeated it throughout recent years. What he does is unique.”
Ernesto Valverde talked about Lionel Messi after the 4-1 victory over Real Betis. He said: “Our opponents suffer because of Messi, but they also enjoy him. His match tonight was extraordinary, he’s scored three goals and also made a fourth. The public has recognised his talent, they are enjoying seeing him in his prime and they respect him for the player he is.”
Nicolás Tagliafico’s representatives have reportedly been in touch with Barca about a move, according to BeSoccer. However, the Ajax left-back is not considered a “high priority” for Barca and has also been linked with Real Madrid.
Lionel Messi said Barcelona had to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s slip-up after helping the team move 10 points clear at the top of La Liga. “After Atletico’s defeat, we knew we could not falter,” he said. ”It was a very important victory today. Goals allow us to win games, and we took full advantage of our chances.”