Lionel Messi equals Kubala as Barcelona’s second-top scorer


Barcelona strolled to an impressive 5-0 Champions League victory without breaking sweat against BATE Borisov on Wednesday night as Lionel Messi equalled the mighty Ladislao Kubala as the club’s second-highest goalscorer.

With the Belarus champions showing a distinct lack of ambition the game was virtually over inside the opening 22 minutes, Aleksandr Volodko putting through his own goal and Pedro rising unchallenged to make it 2-0 with a header. Messi got his first of the night on 38 minutes when he nodded home after keeper Aliaksandr Gutor dropped the ball, then notched his second 10 minutes after the restart before David Villa rounded things off in the last minute.

The Argentine’s brace took him to 194 goals for La Blaugrana since making his debut on October 16, 2004: 127 in La Liga, 39 in the Champions League, two in the World Club Championship, one in the European Super Cup, eight in the Supercopa de Espa

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