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Lionel Messi goal video: Barcelona star superbly links up with Neymar to rip Real Betis apart

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi scored his 425th goal in 500 appearances for the club as the hosts took a 2-0 half-time lead against Real Betis at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

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The Argentinian international linked up brilliantly with Neymar to break through the Betis defence before he was presented with a simple opportunity to find the back of the net.

Nevertheless, nothing should be taken away from the build-up play between the pair, as Messi added to his stunning tally of goals on his 500th appearance for the Catalan giants.

The hosts had taken the lead in controversial circumstances just minutes earlier, with Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan punching the ball away from the danger zone before taking Messi out with his follow-through.

However, the referee deemed it to be enough contact to deserve a penalty, and there was further controversy as Neymar appeared to touch the ball twice as he sent his spot kick onto the crossbar before Heiko Westermann suffered the misfortune of sending the rebound into his own net.

Betis coach Pepe Mel had seen enough and his dissent saw him sent off from the sidelines, as it quickly turned into a miserable night for the visitors who now risk conceding more goals in the second half unless they can maintain their discipline.

Nevertheless, the headlines will certainly belong to Messi as he continues to make history by improving on his remarkable appearance and goal totals for the Blaugrana and there is certainly plenty more to come from the 28-year-old.

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