Lionel Messi is closing in on a couple of impressive records: Most goals in a calendar year by a player in Europe and most goals in the history of FC Barcelona. He added to both tallies with two excellent goals on Saturday, as Barcelona downed Real Zaragoza, 3-1.
Jordi Alba set up the opener in the 16th minute with a through ball, though Messi had a bit of traffic to navigate to create a shot for himself. He did so brilliantly, playing himself into space with an incredible first touch, then finishing to the near post with an even better second touch.
Improbably, Real Zaragoza fired their way back into the match with a 24th minute goal by Francisco Montañés on a corner kick, but they only remained tied with the Catalan giants for four minutes. Messi set up Alex Song's first ever Barcelona goal shortly afterwards to restore his team's lead and send them into the break up by a goal.
Messi completed his brace in the 60th minute with a stellar finish off of a cutback ball by Martin Montoya, sealing the win for Barcelona.