Manchester City are preparing to launch an audacious £165m bid for Lionel Messi, according to Spanish reports
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Will this be the only way to stop Lionel Messi when Man City host Barcelona is the Champions League?
Stalking Lionel Messi. Going to pop him in my pocket and take him to Upton Park. #hisnamewillmatchhisbedsheets
I'm going in. Messi must be trapped. http://t.co/AW8tIskZgm
I told Noel Gallaghet (City fan) I was in a hotel with Messi, he said "Give him a Chinese burn". #notracist
Lionel Messi moved into joint third place in the all-time Primera Division scoring charts with a brace as Barcelona demolished Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on a day which showed both the beautiful and the ugly side of Spanish football.
Messi struck in the 36th and 68th minutes of a completely one-sided match at the Nou Camp to move above Alfredo Di Stefano (227) in the record books and level with another Real Madrid legend, Raul, on 228 La Liga goals.
Adriano opened the floodgates in just the second minute and Alexis Sanchez (53), Pedro Rodriguez (56) and a fantastic Neymar goal (89) added to Messi's double.