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With a track record full of success with the team, and countless individual honors, Lionel Messi has a new challenge before him in the World Club Championship in Japan. At the end of 2011, the Argentinian is chasing not only what would be his second World Club Championship, as he won in 2009 in Abu Dhabi, where he scored in both the semifinal and the Final, but also to match the feat that Pedro achieved two years ago, when he became the first player in the history of FC Barcelona who scored in six competitions during the same season.

So far, Messi has scored in four official competitions. He did it the Spanish Super Cup, where he scored once in the Santiago Bernabéu (2-2) in the first leg, and twice in the second leg at the Camp Nou (3-2). He also scored in the European Super Cup, where he opened the scoring in Barça's 2-0 win against Porto. In the Champions League, Barça's Argentinian international already has six goals, whilst in the domestic league competition he is top scorer, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, with a total of 17 goals.

If he scores in the World Club Cup, it would only leave him the Spanish Cup

So, provided he scores in the World Club Cup, Messi would just have the Spanish Cup left to equal the record. Remember that Messi didn't play in the only game that Josep Guardiola's team have played in the knockout competition, the first leg of last 32, at Hospitalet (Barça won 1-0), because he was away with the Argentinian national team. So, his first chance to score could come in the return leg, on 22nd December, or, if they go through, throughout the rest of the competition.

Pedro achieved it in Abu Dhabi

Two years ago, in Abu Dhabi, Pedro, who had scored in the semifinal that Guardiola's team played against Atlanta (3-1), managed to force extra-time in the Final of the World Club Championship, against Estudiantes de La Plata. Messi, in extra-time, finished the job. In that tournament, Pedro became part of football history and became the first player to score in six competitions in the same season.


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