Messi passes 50-goal mark as Barcelona keep pressure on Real MAdrid

Barcelona, who host Villarreal in the teatime kick-off, need to pick up maximum points from their three remaining matches as Real Madrid have a game in hand, against Celta Vigo, in the final week.

Lionel Messi has become the first player in Europe's top five leagues to score 50 goals this season after netting twice against Villarreal. "From here on, it will depend on what we do and later what our rivals do", Enrique said in a press conference on Friday.

As Barcelona try to keep the heat on Real Madrid in the battle at the top, added motivation may come in looking to end Luis Enrique's reign with a third title in as many years.

"He understands football as an art".

Messi scored his first senior goal for Barca against Albacete in May 2005 and has now surpassed 500 goals for the club in all competitions.

Rodriguez, who found the net in the 3rd minute itself, doubled the lead in the 11th after heading a cross from Fabio Coentrao.

Suarez fired his goal under Fernandez in the 69th after Sergi Roberto set him up in the area. Messi has scored as many in La Liga alone.

Barely two minutes had gone when Lucas Vazquez got in behind the Granada defence and squared for Rodriguez to tap home the opener.

James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata produced a powerful first half as they put their side to advantage with a brace each to leave Tony Adam's team without any chance of coming back.

Elsewhere, Saul Niguez's strike ensured third-place Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon to edge closer to Champions League group stage qualification.

Villarreal are fifth on 63 points and have won five of their last six games.

Far from being downcast following that defeat, Atletico's fans cheered loudly throughout the match. "We will do everything we can to pull off the comeback". "On Wednesday we have a very hard game".

Godin was then sent off in stoppage time after picking up two yellow cards in the space of two minutes.

Sporting Gijon gave their survival hopes a major boost with a 1-0 win over Las Palmas at El Molinon.

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