Lionel Messi nets his 50th goal for the year 2019

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has on Saturday netted his 50th goal for the year 2019 as the La Liga giants defeated Alaves.

Former Liverpool forward Luiz Suarez provided three crucial assists before scoring one of his own.

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Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the 14th minutes before Arturo Vidal doubled the lead for the host at the end of the first half.

Peres Poris pulled one back for the visitors in the 59th minute but Lionel Messi made it three thanks to a Suarez assist.

The Uruguayan sealed the four goal rout when he scored from the penalty spot thanks to a handball by the opponents.

The lead takes Barcelona three points clear of fellow giants Real Madrid who have a game to play over the weekend.

In the first half, Messi was denied a goal in the first half before he ensured he made history with the most goals for both the country and club combined in the year 2019.

In Europe alone he has set a new record of having scored 34 goals in 32 games setting him five games apart from the closest competitor up against him.

As for Barcelona, it was their 11 match to go unbeaten while Alaves it was their fifth game to finish without a win.

Three days ago Barcelona were held to a 0-0 result by Real Madrid during their El-Classico meeting at Camp Nou.

It was their first goalless encounter as Spain midfielder Sergio Ramas was recognised for playing the most El-Classico encounters.

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Alex Kiprop
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