Lionel Messi has scored a record-breaking goal to put Barcelona on the verge of proving what we all already knew – that the La Liga champions are the best team on the planet.
Messi’s two-touch finish after 35 minutes fired Barca 1-0 in front against Argentina’s River Plate in today’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Japan.
He was set up by two Brazilians – Dani Alves swung in a deep cross to Neymar, who nodded the ball into Messi’s path.
Messi is now the first player ever to have scored in seven different competitions for club and country in a calendar year, having netted in La Liga, the Copa del rey, Copa America, the Spanish Super Cup, the Euro Super Cup, the Champions League and now the Club World Cup.
Half time: River Plate 0-1 Barcelona