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Thank You, Pep

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A sensational four-goal performance from Lionel Messi ensured Pep Guardiola received a dream send off at the Camp Nou, as the winningest coach in FC Barcelona history paid an emotional farewell to the fans in a dominate 4-0 victory over city-rivals Espanyol. A massive banner covering nearly one-fifth of the stadium was unfurled before kickoff, [.

Messi Makes History

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Lionel Messi converts on a penalty kick in easy victory over Malaga (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's 39-year-old scoring record with a hat-trick performance in a 4-1 victory over Malaga on Wednesday night, becoming Europe's all-time single-season scoring champion with 68 goals in all competitions.

From Hell to Seventh Heaven

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Thiago celebrates goal in 0-7 victory over Rayo Vallecano (Photo: Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Barcelona rebounded from perhaps the most devastating week in team history to trounce Rayo Vallecano 7-0 in Madrid on Sunday night. Amidst all the heartbreak of the last few days: losing to Real Madrid in the Camp Nou, being eliminated from the Champions League, seeing their league hegemony as three-time defending champions come to an end and bidding goodbye to Josep Guardiola, the greatest coach in team history, the Catalans responded with a dominant performance to return to winning ways.

Requiem For The Guardiola Era

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Pep celebrating with team following 2011 Champions League Victory (Photo: REUTERS/Paul Hanna)

A Fond Farewell to Señor Blaugrana

When Guardiola, earlier this afternoon, confirmed the suspicions that he was stepping down as manager, my mind immediately took me back to May, 2008.

What the Hell Happened?

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Puyol can't hide frustration as Chelsea knock them out of Champions League (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

What a week. After suffering a league-deciding 2-1 defeat to Madrid on Saturday, Barcelona's 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou against 10-man Chelsea now sees the Catalans bow out of Europe's elite tournament.

Adios a La Liga

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Frustration as FC Barcelona fall 1-2 and La Liga slips away (Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Well, it's over. Any notions of Barcelona mounting a league comeback were swept away after Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 victory under pouring rain at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.

A Case of the Bad Luck Blues

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Puyol and Iniesta walk from the pitch in frustration following 1-0 loss at The Bridge (Photo: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

In what can only be described as the most underwhelming victory of all-time, Chelsea pulled the ultimate smash-and-grab job, defending for their lives all match, while scoring with their only shot of the game to steal a 1-0 victory heading into the return leg at the Camp Nou next Tuesday.

Chelsea FC vs FC Barcelona Champions League Preview

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Chlesea FC vs FC Barcelona (Photo:

For a moment lets all close our eyes and remember back to that May night in 2009 when Barcelona fans were sitting on the edge of their seats thinking that our run was just about over. Down 1-0 with just two minutes left in the match and panic starting to set it.

Messi to the Rescue

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Messi celebrates goal in narrow victory over Levante (Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea)

A second-half brace from Lionel Messi earned Barcelona a hard fought 2-1 victory at Levante, trimming the gap atop the La Liga standings to four points ahead of next weekend's El Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.

And Then It Was One

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Alexis brace helps FC Barcelona past Getafe (Photo: REUTERS/Albert Ge)

Barcelona moved to within one point of league leaders Real Madrid with a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Getafe at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

A brace from Alexis Sanchez, a header from Pedro and another moment of sheer brilliance from Messi rounded out the scoring, as Barcelona capitalized on Madrid's latest stumble to situate themselves within striking distance of first place in the Primera Division standings.

Barca Mount Comeback: Messi Continues Pace for Greatest Season of All-Time

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Messi celebrates goal with Cesc Fabregas (Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea)

Barcelona rallied from a goal down to defeat Real Zaragoza 4-1 at La Romareda on Saturday night, closing the gap at the top of the provisional La Liga standings to just three points with seven matches remaining.

The hosts came into the match riding a three-game winning streak, hoping to pull off the upset of the season and hand the reigning champions a potentially lethal blow in their quest to retain the league crown.

Barca Punch Ticket to Semi-final Grudge Match with Chelsea

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Andres Iniesta celebrates goal against AC Milan in 3-1 victory and berth in Champions League semi-finals (Photo: AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

A pair of spot kicks and a second-half strike from Andres Iniesta saw Barcelona claim a 3-1 victory over AC Milan at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, securing the Catalans' passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fifth consecutive season.

San Siro Stalemate

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FC Barcelona leave Milan with a 0-0 draw and frustration with the match referee (Photo: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

AC Milan frustrated Barcelona in its search for a vital away goal at the San Siro, holding the defending champions to a scoreless draw thanks to an inspired defensive performance and some lenient officiating from Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson.

Barca Win Seventh Straight

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Gerard Pique celebrates his goal in a 2-0 win over Mallorca (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona maintained the pressure on Real Madrid with an impressive 2-0 victory over a well-drilled Mallorca side at the Iberostar Stadium on Saturday evening to record their seventh consecutive win.

Barcelona’s Greatest of All Time

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Messi makes history becoming FC Barcelona's all-time highest scorer in win against Granada (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi secured his place in Barcelona history with a sensational hat-trick performance in the Catalans' 5-3 victory over Granada to become the club's official all-time leading goal-scorer.