MADRID - Lionel Messi extended his record for goals scored in a year on Wednesday as he scored both of Barcelona's goals in a 2-0 win away against Cordoba in their Spanish Cup last-16 first-leg clash.
The 25-year-old three-time Ballon D'Or winner struck in the 11th minute, after being set up by David Villa, and then in the 74th when he ran onto an Alexis Sanchez pass to score to give the holders a handy advantage to take back to the Camp Nou for the second leg in January.
The brace took him to 88 for the year, three more than German legend Gerd Mueller although, earlier on Wednesday, Brazilian side Flamengo claimed Zico should be the holder with 89 goals in 1979.
Also in the last 16, Sevilla trounced Mallorca 5-0, while Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 3-0.
Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid slipped to a 2-1 defeat away at La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo.