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Messi nets double on historic night for Barca

Lionel Messi bagged a brace and made another on the day he equalled Xavi’s record for most Barcelona appearances.

Messi was playing for Barca for the 767th time and his curled double, along with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza, propelled the Catalans to a 4-1 win over basement side Huesca.

On loan striker Rafa Mir scored a controversial penalty for Huesca at the end of the first half, but any hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed as Ronald Koeman’s side cruised to the victory.

Barca, already through to the Copa del Rey final, now sit second in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Messi, whose contract expires at the end of this season, will break former Spain midfielder Xavi’s record on Sunday if he plays in the league game at Real Sociedad.

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