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Lionel Messi scores 60th goal

The three-time FIFA player of the year put Barcelona ahead 2-1 with a brilliant individual effort in the 39th minute, then converted a penalty kick in the 86th. The last player to reach 60 was Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller with 67 in 1972-73.


Messi leads the Spanish league with 38 goals, one more than Real Madrid’sCristiano Ronaldo. Seeking its fourth straight league title, Barcelona stretched its league winning streak to nine and closed within three points of Real Madrid, which hosts Valencia on Sunday.

Carlos Aranda put Zaragoza ahead in the 30th minute, six minutes after his penalty kick was saved by Victor ValdesCarles Puyol tied it in the 36th when goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez fumbled a routine corner kick and the ball fell to the feet of Barcelona’s captain. Messi set up Pedro Rodriguez for a goal in stoppage time.

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