Barcelona secured a 2-1 win over Levante after Leo Messi twice teed up Ansu Fati in the space of two minutes, on 30' and 32'. This pair of assists sees the Azulgranas' captain move top of the division's assist charts on eight. This victory represented Messi's 350th league triumph and his 200th at the Camp Nou.
BARCELONA FACE LEVANTE
This Sunday sees the Azulgranas go in search of three points in their La Liga meeting with Levante. Captain Leo Messi has come up against the Granotes on 20 occasions (18 times in La Liga and twice in the Copa del Rey) and has had a hand in 39 goals: 22 strikes and 17 assists.
MESSI RECORDS 500TH WIN
Leo Messi tonight secured his 500th win in his 710th appearance for Barcelona. Of these triumphs, 285 have come at the Camp Nou, where the team claimed victory over Leganés to advance to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, with the Azulgranas' skipper bagging a brace and providing an assist to help the team to victory.
COPA DEL REY ACTION RETURNS
This Thursday evening sees Barcelona take on Leganés in the Copa del Rey round of 16 at the Camp Nou. Leo Messi has been on target nine times in the sides' most recent meetings. The Azulgranas will be looking to secure victory and book their place in the next round.
IN MEMORY OF KOBE BRYANT
Before this morning's training session, the Barcelona squad held a minute's silence in memory of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Leo Messi published a message on his social media accounts in response to this sad news: “I have no words... All of my thoughts are with Kobe's family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet him and share good times together. A real genius has left us”.
This matchday sees Leo Messi's Barcelona head to Mestalla to face Valencia, one of his favourite victims and opponents against whom he has found the net 28 times, with 22 of these strikes coming in La Liga meetings. The Azulgranas travel to Mestalla looking to hold on to top spot at a stadium where they are unbeaten since the 2006/07 campaign.