Barcelona: Lionel Messi continues his quest to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga just days after equalling a similar feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit Almeria today.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Pic/AFP.
Messi drew level with Real Madrid legend Raul on 71 Champions League goals with a brace as Barca bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Ajax 2-0 in midweek and progress to the Last 16. The Argentine is just one goal short of the 251 goals Telmo Zarra scored for Athletic Bilbao, but has been kept scoreless in his last outings.
Suarez’s goal search
That downturn in form has coincided with Luis Suarez’s introduction to the side after serving his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.
The Uruguayan has yet to find the net in his three appearances for the Catalans and endured a frustrating night on his return to old club Ajax as he squandered his best chance to break his duck by firing straight at Jasper Cillessen with only the Dutch international ’keeper to beat.
Barca will still be without the injured Jeremy Mathieu, so Gerard Pique may be recalled after missing out in the last two games.
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