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Football: Record-breaker Messi fires treble as Barcelona hit seven

Published on Mar 17, 2014 6:15 AM
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time top scorer as they warmed up for next weekend's El Clasico against Real Madrid with a 7-0 victory over Osasuna that put them four points off the top of La Liga.

The Argentine now has 371 goals for Barca in all matches including friendlies, surpassing the record of Paulino Alcantara, who played for the club between 1912 and 1927 and notched up 369 goals.

Messi struck the opener after 18 minutes in a morale-boosting victory for the Catalan side ahead of the crunch game at the Bernabeu.

Barca knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League last Wednesday but went into the Osasuna clash on the back of two defeats from their past three league games.

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