Messi sets records as Barcelona demolish Huesca

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 14, 2018.

"We had patience and dominated the game, and eight goals are the product of the plays we generated throughout the game", Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde told the team website.

Betis went into the derby under pressure after taking only a point from their first two games and made an intense start as Cristian Tello and Loren went close to scoring while Sergio Canales had a goal ruled out for offside.

Newly promoted Huesca enjoyed short-lived celebrations on Sunday after stunning Barcelona with a goal just three minutes into their Spanish league game.

"The signings fit Barca's profile in every sense", Suarez said of the newcomers. Suarez hit a lightening-quick shot past Axel Werner to spark the rout. Instead, showed Barca their intentions to come off with a positive outcome, with Alex Gallar poking home their second off poor defending following a low-medium cross.

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The Spaniard has made rapid progress since linking up with the Blues in a £24 million ($31m) deal back in 2016. So I was always confident. "I think that now, for us it's better to think about the next match", he said.

A minute later, World Cup finalists Ivan Rakitic added a fifth with a low volley in the bottom corner after a wonderful dink by Messi. Then Messi netted his second score of the game.

Messi has repeatedly insisted that he will not leave Barcelona for another European club, despite speculative reports linking Manchester City with an audacious bid, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor insists that he has no worries about the future at this stage.

Messi registered another assist in the 81st minute, sending Alba a crafty through ball toward the far post.

"We have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last three seasons".

Ernesto Valverde will be hoping the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is firing again when Barcelona take on Real Sociedad a week on Saturday.