Transfer: Coutinho takes final decision on joining Manchester United from Barcelona

Florence Fletcher
January 14, 2019

He joins long-time adversary Cristiano Ronaldo in reaching the milestone, although Messi's have come in one league and for one club.

His record looks set to stand for many years to come, as Aritz Aduriz is the next top scorer to be now playing in La Liga with 157 goals in 422 games.

Coutinho will hope to play for Barcelona when they tackle Eibar at home in the La Liga fixture on Sunday evening.

Next on the list is Telmo Zarra, who played for Athletic Bilbao from 1940 to 1955, with 251 efforts.

"Eibar are a very competitive team, they made it hard for us to create chances but we also knew that we could overwhelm them in attack and that's what we did eventually".

Coutinho signed for Barca in January a year ago and was cup-tied in the Champions League, but he impressed in the second half of the campaign at Camp Nou, scoring 10 goals in 22 appearances as Barca won LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.

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Suarez opened and concluded the scoring for Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho is "tempted by Manchester United" as he becomes increasingly unhappy with his prolonged spells on the bench at Barcelona.

Goalkeeper Asier Riesgo did well to turn back attempts by Suarez and Messi.

Griezmann ensured that Atletico stayed in touch with Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot but the penalty - awarded by the Video Assistant Referee for a handball by Nikola Vukcevic - left Levante far from happy.

Later, fifth-placed Real Madrid can pull level on points with Sevilla if it wins at Real Betis.

He was on target in the Copa del Rey in midweek but that was his first goal since October. They will meet again on Wednesday in Seville in the return leg of their round-of-16 game.

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