Lionel Messi looking to extend his own astonishing record vs Valencia

Messi in Barcelona away shirt

Barcelona take on Valencia this weekend in an intriguing La Liga encounter.

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi could set another personal record this afternoon if he finds the net in the highly-anticipated La Liga encounter between Barcelona and Valencia.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has netted nine times in his previous eight encounters against Los Che at the Nou Camp, an all-time Spanish top flight record.

It is a record which was previously held by Cesar and Laszlo Kubala – names that were among La Liga’s most recognised during the 1950s.

However, since the Argentine international began dominating world football, a number of previous records in Barcelona have now been rewritten.

Among his strikes in recent years against the Mestalla outfit have been a stunning four-goal haul in a 5-1 thrashing in 2011/12 – his fourth being a delightful chip after being played through by Sergio Busquets.

The Catalans will be looking at their star player for answers on Saturday as they need victory to remain clear at the top of the La Liga table.

Luis Enrique’s men have been in stunning form of late, but a 2-2 draw in Seville last week allowed arch-rivals Real Madrid to close the gap at the top to just two points.

With trips to city-rivals Espanyol and Atletico Madrid awaiting for Barca, the final destination of the title is far from a foregone conclusion.

Fourth-placed Valencia will prove to be a sturdy opponent, yet if Messi has another one of his better days, then he could be celebrating a little more than just an important three points for his club.

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