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Leo Messi scored a brace at Mestalla | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi, with his brace, and Luis Suárez with his goal at Mestalla in the team’s epic 3-2 win on Saturday sees the pair go to the top of the scoring charts with seven each.

In what was a fast and frantic game full of major incidents and goals, there were also plenty of stats and facts to pull out of the encounter. Here is a pick of the best:

  • Barça have not lost in any of their last eleven matchest at Mestalla, with seven draws and four wins.

  • Neymar made his 150th appearance for the club against Manchester City in midweek and, against Valencia, he played his 100th league game.

  • Diego Alves is now the goalkeeper who has conceded the most goals at the hands of Leo Messi, with 19. The Argentine has converted three out of the four spot kicks he has taken against the Brazilian penalty-saving master.

  • Barça made almost treble the number of completed passes than Valencia, with a balance of 560 compared to the home side’s 191. Javier Mascherano made the most with 83.

  • With his win, Barça become the side with the most league wins at Mestalla (33).

  • Mascherano made it appearance number 292, drawing level with Dutchman Phillip Cocu as the foreign player with the highest number of games in a Barça shirt. Dani Alves (391) and Messi (589) lead the way.

  • Munir scored his first official goal for Valencia against his parent club, for whom he has scored ten in 45 games.

  • Messi is the player to have scored the most goals against Valencia at Mestalla (8), followed by César (7), Di Stefano and Higuaín (6). He also put the most past Valencia in all competitions, with 22 compared to the legendary Zarra’s 20.

  • Samuel Umtiti recovered possession more times than anyone else (10), followed by Ivan Rakitic (9).


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