By Noah TanFollow @@Noah_Tan
Barcelona's failure to pick up all three points was inconsequential as second placed Real Madrid could only manage a 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza, while Atletico Madrid, currently in third, were held at home by Valencia.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, last-placed Deportivo La Coruna boosted their survival bid with a 3-2 win at fellow strugglers Real Mallorca, Osasuna's hopes of avoiding relegation were handed a huge boost after they came from behind to beat Valladolid 3-1, and Granada fell to a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao.
Elsewhere, both Real Betis and Getafe fought to a 0-0 draw, Real Sociedad's push for a top-four finish suffered a slight setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Espanyol, Malaga reclaimed fourth spot with a 3-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano, and Levante won their first league match since January with a 1-0 home triumph over Sevilla.
GK: Adrian (Real Betis)
It would have been a huge blow to Betis' hopes of playing in Europe next season had Getafe beaten them on Monday. Thankfully for the Béticos, Adrian was in inspired form in goal and prevented such a scenario from occurring with a series of world class saves.
CB: David Navarro (Levante)
It is never easy to mark a striker as dangerous as Alvaro Negredo, but the impressive Navarro completely shut out the Spain international, who is reportedly sought after by the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea. Navarro used his vast experience to great effect, making more than a few crucial interceptions for his side, and managed to cut out several promising looking Sevilla attacks before they could fully materialise.
CB: Borja Ekiza (Athletic Bilbao)
Ekiza was an impressive presence in defence for Bilbao against Granada and almost single-handedly repelled the opposition's attacks. The 25-year-old was nearly unbeatable in the air and headed away numerous crosses into his penalty box. He bravely snapped into the tackles, made several key blocks and showed great tactical awareness to cover for his team-mates when needed.
CB: Silvio (Deportivo La Coruna)
Silvio is quickly making a name for himself in the La Liga as a goalscoring defender. The Portuguese, currently on loan at Deportivo from Atletico Madrid, has been doing a fantastic job of convincing his parent club of his talents in recent games, and he certainly sent a strong message to Diego Simeone with an excellent showing against Real Mallorca.
The 25-year-old scored his side's equaliser in sensational fashion; Silvio picked up the ball on the left flank, beat three defenders with a clever piece of skill before curling a right-footed shot into the top corner of the net which left Mallorca custodian Dudu Aouate grasping at air.
DM: Borja Oubina (Celta Vigo)
Amidst all the hullabaloo over Messi's record-breaking goal, many have chosen to gloss over lowly Celta's remarkable achievement of having held the mighty Barcelona to a credible draw. At the heart of Celta's spirited showing against the La Liga leaders was Oubina, who ran his heart out for the team and showed great tenacity in closing down the Blaugrana whenever they had the ball. The 30-year-old capped off his outstanding performance with a well-deserved goal when he ran in to meet Fabian Orellana's cross and sent a looping header into the back of the net.
AM: Pedro Morales (Malaga)
Morales, who joined Malaga on loan from Dinamo Zagreb in January, made his full debut for his new club and certainly made a lasting impression on the fans. The Chilean was at the heart of everything good Malaga did and had a hand in all three of his side's goals.
The 27-year-old set up his side's first goal as he curled a beautiful free-kick into the box which Weligton headed home from, then assisted Julio Baptista to score with yet another wonderful set-piece, this time from a corner. Morales then got onto the scoresheet himself late in the game when he finished superbly to fire Malaga to their first win in five games.
LM: Cristian Tello (Barcelona)
Tello may not be a regular part of the first-team at Barcelona, but he certainly is knocking very hard on its door. The 21-year-old enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a dynamic showing on the left flank and tormented Celta's defence throughout the game.
The Spain Under-23 player opened the scoring for his side with a calm finish after having been set through on goal by Messi, then returned the favour by setting up the Argentinian to score his 29th goal in the last 19 games.
RM: Sergio Garcia (Espanyol)
Garcia was by far the best player in Espanyol's draw with Sociedad. The 29-year-old was a constant goalscoring threat and opened the scoring for with an instinctive right-footed strike which left Sociedad goalkeeper Zubikarai rooted to the spot. Garcia then turned creator when his accurate cross found Christian Stuani completely free in the box, and the Uruguayan striker duly finished with aplomb.
ST: Kike Sola (Osasuna)
Sola has been one of the brightest spots in struggling Osasuna's season, and the 27-year-old may have just saved his side from potential relegation after his well-taken two goals handed Los Rojillos all three points. Sola, who missed Osasuna's last league match, scored his first goal with a diving header after Valladolid custodian Daniel Hernandez spilled Miguel de las Cuevas' shot, then doubled his tally with a cleverly improvised back header from Francisco Silva's flick-on.
ST: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
The incredible number of records Messi has broken in his career must be a record itself. The Argentinian international made history once again as his 73rd minute goal against Celta on Saturday marked the 19th successive La Liga game in which he has found the back of the net, and in so doing, he becomes the first player to ever score against every other side in the competition.
The record-breaking goal, a tap-in from Tello's cutback was beautiful in its simplicity, and there is no doubt Messi, who also provided the assist for his side's opening goal, will scale to even greater heights in the future.
ST: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao)
Aduriz was the hero for Bilbao as he netted the only goal of the game in his side's narrow win over Granada. The experienced striker was a handful for El Graná's defence, in particular dominating the aerial challenges throughout and setting up several good goalscoring chances with his clever flick-ons. It was no surprise that Aduriz scored his goal via a header; the former Valencia player jumped highest to head home Gomez Ibai's cross from six yards out and in the process, secured a crucial three points for Los Leones.