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No Messi-ng around, Barca win 16 in a row

sports Updated: Feb 07, 2011 01:17 IST

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Barcelona earned a record 16th straight win in the Spanish league by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 with a Lionel Messi hat trick.

The historic win on Sunday provisionally lifted Barcelona 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table ahead of its fierce rival's match against Real Sociedad on Monday.

Messi decided the contest with two goals before the half-hour mark and added a third in the second half.

Barcelona's streak surpassed the 15 wins by Alfredo Di Stefano's Real Madrid 50 years ago. "It is an honor for this team to have surpassed a record that had stood for so long," said Messi who now has 40 goals in 33 games in all competitions.