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Sublime Messi lob and Neymar thunderbolt help Barcelona hit Rayo for six

It was another record-setting night for the Argentinian.

Messi celebrates his second goal.
Messi celebrates his second goal.
Image: Alvaro Barrientos/AP/Press Association Images

BARCELONA WARMED UP for their Champions League clash with Manchester City this week with a 6-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano last night to remain on top of La Liga on goal difference.

Adriano got Barcelona off to a flying start when he curled home the opener inside two minutes.

Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead before half-time with this delightful lob over Ruben Martinez:

Source: FootballY GoalsHD

The Argentine then teed up Alexis Sanchez to make it three before Pedro rounded off a wonderful team move involving Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Messi got his second of the evening midway through the second-half to overtake Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano as the third-highest scorer of all-time in La Liga on 228 goals.

And Neymar rounded off a perfect evening for the hosts on his return from a sprained ankle when he blasted home the sixth from long-range two minutes from time:

Source: Sky Sports

Additional reporting from AFP.

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