Barcelona set a new record for the best-ever start to a La Liga season on Sunday when a 3-1 win at Malaga allowed them to remain 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 18 in front of Real Madrid.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) vies for the ball with Malaga's midfielder Ignacio Camacho (L) during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs FC Barcelona on January 13, 2013 at Rosaleda stadium in Malaga. Messi scored in a ninth successive La Liga game as Barcelona won 3-1 at Malaga.
Ballon d'Or winner Messi scored for a ninth successive league game and then supplied Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara for the second and third goals. He now has 28 for La Liga season.
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