Messi Scores Against Racing Santander

Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga Antonio Rodriguez of Racing Santander (R) is unable to stop Lionel Messi of Barcelona scoring his team's opening goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Racing Santander at Camp Nou on January 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Getty Images)more pics » Lionel Messi (Getty Images) Lionel Messi flies past opponent Racing Santander Francis and scores against goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez. Messi's team, FB Barcelona, shut out Racing Santander team 3-0.

Messi was awarded the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or honor, after being nominated for the award for the fourth year in a row. Only two days after receiving the honor, the forward scored his third hat-trick of the season. On February 5th, FC Barcelona broke the record for the most consecutive wins with 16 victories after they defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Camp Nou. After the Madrid victory, where Messi scored his fourth hat-trick of the season, he said:

"It's an honor to be able to pass a record set by a great like Di Stéfano...if the record has been around for so long is because it's very complicated to achieve and we have reached it by defeating a very difficult team who's going through a bad situation, which makes it even more difficult."

See more Lionel Messi pictures:
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
  • Lionel Messi in Barcelona v Racing Santander - La Liga
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