Lionel Messi picks up unwanted La Liga record during Barcelona vs Getafe

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Lionel Messi may well be the most revered player on the planet, but that hasn't stopped him picking up an unwanted La Liga record. 

The current holder of the Ballon d'Or and La Liga's all-time record goalscorer, the tricky Argentine has now written himself into the record books once again. 

This time, however, it's for the wrong reason; during Barcelona's fixture against Getafe at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, the versatile forward missed from the penalty spot. 


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Considering Luis Enrique's side ran out 6-0 winners, you can be forgiven for thinking that Messi's penalty miss didn't mean too much. Ultimately, though, it appears that it did...

Messi has now missed eight La Liga penalties - more than any other player in the history of Barcelona. 

Messi record 

He overtook Samuel Eto’o as the Barca player who has missed the most penalties in Spain's elite division. 

The Catalans also set a new record as they racked up their eighth penalty miss of the season. That really is quite the statistic. 

But it's safe to say that the Barcelona crowd will forgive their beloved star. 

Messi is in scintillating form and so are his side. Despite his failure from the spot, the little magician still managed to find the back of the net and assist three goals during their latest thumping victory. It's not all bad, is it? 

Brilliant Barca 

Messi and co. really could be on to something special once again this term. Barca currently sit at the summit of La Liga; they haven't been beaten in 37 matches and have now racked up 12 successive wins. 

Last season's heroics will be hard to match - they won the lot, of course - but this Barcelona team, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar leading the way, are near enough unstoppable at times. 

No team has ever retained the Champions League in its current format, but there's no reason why Barca won't be able to do it on this occasion. They will most definitely take some stopping. 

One thing is for sure, Arsenal aren't going to be able to stop them in the Champions League on Wednesday night. 2-0 down from the first leg, it will take a miracle for Arsene Wenger's side to progress on Spanish soil.  

Even the most optimistic of Arsenal fans will know only too well that the club are all but out of this year's competition. Barcelona are on another planet right now. 

Will Barcelona win the Champions League this season? Have your say below! 

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