Messi scores his 350th Spanish league goal

Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick but rebounded by scoring his record 350th goal in the Spanish league in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Alaves.

Messi also scored the second in leading the club to its second consecutive victory to start the league. Barcelona was still without Ousmane Dembele, who was announced as Neymar's replacement on Friday, and it also couldn't count on the injured Luis Suarez.

With Messi as its lone star, Barcelona struggled in the beginning at Mendizorroza Stadium, but it gradually took control and cruised to victory following Messi's pair of second-half goals.

It took until the 54th minute for Barcelona to break the deadlock, Messi reacting quickest to gather Jordi Alba's cross and fire a left-footed shot which flicked off Alexis Ruano and beat Pacheco at his near post. Alaves then gifted Barcelona a second goal when Pedraza and Alexis failed to clear the ball on the edge of their area and allowed substitute PacoAlcacer to head into the path of Messi, who gave Pacheco no chance with a sweetly struck volley into the bottom corner.

Messi scored the milestone goal in La Liga more than 12 years after his first, when he was only 17. He has 66 more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest challenger in the all-time list.

Messi, who has at least one league goal in 14 straight seasons, is only the second player to have surpassed 350 goals in the top five European leagues, after Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller, who ended his career with 365 in the Bundesliga.