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Lionel Messi is the main reason for Barca advancing in the UCL. Barca's victory over Athletic Club Bilbao reinforced that trend.
Messi scored two goals that were decisive in the victory over Bilbao. The goals by Messi are within a short distance of Gerd Muller´s goal-scoring record of 85 in 1972.
Messi is way beyond Pele´s goal-scoring record of 75 in 1958, as reported in the FC Barcelona website. He is recently on the list for the Ballon d'Ór award this January.
Messi equaled Cesar Rodriguez´s record of 190 league goals for La Blaugrana. Messi, at the present time, may even help Barca win the UCL trophy this season.
Messi helped Barca in its recent UCL victory over Spartak Moscow on November 20, 2012.
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