SPANISH maestros Barcelona have really ‘put the boot in’ as far as rivals Real Madrid are concerned as not only are they 12 points ahead in La Liga but they have just captured a Spanish record by playing 35 matches without defeat.
This record came on March 3 when they beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1 which included a Lionel Messi hat trick and sparked new rumours that he is to be head hunted by David Beckham for his proposed American team.
The previous record, held by Real Madrid of course, had stood for 17 years, so no doubt Barca fans will be more than happy to taunt their opponents on their next visit about this and the 4-0 drubbing their team gave Real Madrid last time that they met.
It was very much a one sided match with relegation threatened Rayo Vallecano, also a Madrid side, losing one of their defenders in the first half for a bad tackle on Ivan Rakitic who scored the first goal and then a second member of the team was also sent off in the second half.
Recently transferred Turkish national team captain Arda Turan scored his first goal for the club he joined from Atletico Madrid. Just to rub salt into the wound, Messi’s hat trick brought him level with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Madrid with both now having scored 35 competitive hat tricks.