Messi Leads Barcelona to 2-0 Win over Alaves

Christof Koepsel  Bongarts  Getty

Christof Koepsel Bongarts Getty

He has hit three goals in a single La Liga match 26 times including three occasions in which he struck four.

Although he missed out on the match ball in Saturday's game against Alaves, he probably couldn't have found room for it anyway.

Lionel Messi shrugged off the frustration of missing a penalty to reach another remarkable career landmark as Barcelona eased to a 2-0 victory at Alaves.

Messi missed the penalty when his mid-height shot into the left corner was saved by the fingertips of Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.

That victory maintained Barca's ideal start to La Liga as they adjusted to life without Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez.

So many records has the diminutive star rewritten, it was barely noticed that Messi had broken through the significant barrier of 350 goals in a single division for a single club.

It was his 350th league goal and he made it 351 after Paco Alcacer cut out a clearance with his head and Messi was on hand to lash the ball past Pacheco.

It can be argued that Cristiano Ronaldo has not spent as long in La Liga as Leo Messi, so the Argentine will always be in front in this particular goal tally.

However, Messi made amends after the break with two goals in the space of 11 minutes as Barcelona made it two wins out of two.

Among myriad other impressive achievements, the 30-year-old also has more La Liga goals against Real Madrid than any other player, scoring 16 against their arch-rivals including two hat-tricks.

"We came through a hard test and we dealt with the hard moments which came up in the game", added Valverde.

Ernesto Valverde was pleased with his side after their 2-0 win over Alaves.

With regards to team-news, the signing of Ousmane Dembele has come too late for the young Frenchman to feature, Valverde will also be without Luis Suarez who has a knee problem.

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