Messi makes Liga history with Barcelona's 6,000th goal

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Messi's feats at Camp Nou involved setting another record, with the South American scoring Barcelona's 6000th La Liga goal in the win, according to ESPN.

Messi had clanged the crossbar in the first half from a set piece and Ousmane Dembélé forced the visiting goalkeeper, Pacheco, to make an impressive save while Luis Suárez looked ineffective.

Substitute Philippe Coutinho added a well-taken late third before another fine bit of individual skill from Messi wrapped things up in stoppage time.

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"It's possible - we know his tendency to be drawn to where the ball is", Valverde told reporters, adding that regardless of where Messi plays on the pitch, the team will gain fruitful results.

It means that 6.5% of the goals by Barcelona in their history have been scored by the 31 year old.

It was also the 6,000th goal Barca have scored in La Liga.

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Messi will hope to lead Barcelona to more silverware this season, while his perennial battle with Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take place exclusively in Europe after the Portuguese forward left Real Madrid for Juventus.

Gerard Moreno, Villarreal's biggest off-season signing, put the hosts ahead in the 16th before Sociedad came back with goals by Willian Jose in the 40th and Juanmi in the 71st.

Celta began its campaign in Vigo with Argentine coach Antonio Mohamed, and Espanyol kicked off its season with newcomer Joan Francesc Ferrer "Rubi". No one did. It was like the one he scored against Girona last season.

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Atletico Madrid - last season's runner-up - visits Valencia on Monday.

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