By Ayodele Ayelomi
Argentine Lionel Messi on Saturday broke Andre Iniesta’s record as the player with the most La Liga titles with Barcelona, setting a new record at 10 titles, one title ahead of the Spanish midfielder.
Messi, who came off the bench, broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when he picked up Arturo Vidal’s header inside the box and curled a low shot past Aitor Fernandez.
This goal was his 24th league goal as a substitute, the highest from any player off the bench in at least 19 years.
Messi ultimately sealed the victory with a cool finish to ensure treble-chasing Barca remain on course for a memorable season for the club’s 26th La Liga title to hand Barcelona its fourth La Liga title in five years.
Cries of “campeones” rang out from the 91,000 supporters crammed into the Nou Camp but Barca’s players dropped their concentration and Jose Luis Morales should have levelled for the visitors but blasted over the bar.
The Argentine notched his 34th league goal of the season with the goal.
Barca lead the standings on 83 points after 35 games, an unassailable nine clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with three matches left because they have a superior head-to-head record with Atletico this season.
They remain on track for a third treble since 2009 with the Copa del Rey final against Valencia next month.