More Messi brilliance for five-star Barcelona
BARCELONA routed BATE Borisov 5-0 in the Champions League last night as AC Milan won at home to record their first victory in this season's competition.
Lionel Messi scored two goals to help fire defending champions Barcelona to the win in Belarus.
Messi is now tied with Ladislao Kubala on 194 goals for Barca.
Only Cesar, with 235 goals, has scored more for the Catalan club.
"If Messi has reached the figure he has at 24, imagine what he has left to achieve?" said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. "I hope he doesn't consider retiring."
Barcelona took the lead in Minsk after an own goal from Aleksandr Volodko in the 19th minute.
Pedro Rodriguez scored three minutes later and Messi made it 3-0 seven minutes before half-time.
The Argentinian struck again in the 56th minute and David Villa wrapped up the scoring.
"It's never easy playing an attacking game against a side that is so closed; they're waiting for you at the back," Guardiola said.
"They can make you lose your patience.
"Our two first goals changed everything."
The victory keeps Barcelona level with AC Milan at the top of Group H, after the Serie A giants beat Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic 2-0. Both have four points from two games. BATE and Plzen each have one point.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a penalty kick in the 53rd minute and Antonio Cassano added a second goal in the 66th minute to give Milan the victory in Italy.
Marseille lead Group F after their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Andre Ayew scored twice and Loic Remy got the other goal. Marseille have six points, Arsenal have four, Dortmund one and Olympiacos none.
Chelsea lead Group E with four points, one more than Bayer Leverkusen, who beat Genk 2-0, thanks to goals from Lars Bender and Michael Ballack. Valencia have two points and Genk has one.
APOEL Nicosia top Group G after their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk. Ivan Trickovski scored for APOEL and Jadson answered for Shakhtar three minutes later.
Roman Shirokov scored two goals to lead Zenit St Petersburg to a 3-1 win over 10-man Porto, who had Jorge Fucile sent off for a second yellow card just before half-time.