If breaking records is synonymous with any club presently in world football, that club should be Barcelona, as the Catalan side, who have remained unbeaten, ended the first half of the La Liga season with a record 55 out of a possible 57 points.
The Tito Vilanova tutored side cruised to their 18th win in 19 games when Lionel Messi scored one goal and had a hand in two more in a 3-1 win at Málaga. The victory meant that Barcelona have restored their 11-point lead over second-placed Atlético Madrid, who secured a 10th win in 10 home matches this season with a 2-0 win against Real Zaragoza.
Barça’s win also extended their lead over last season’s winners, Real Madrid to 18 points after they were held to a goalless draw at bottom of the table side, Osasuna, on Saturday. Real Madrid are firmly seated in 3rd position currently.
Ballon d’Or winner, Messi, also notched his 28th league goal of the campaign and the ninth straight game in which he has scored – a personal record and one short of the La Liga mark last achieved in the 1996-97 season by the former Barça striker Ronaldo.