MILAN: The timeless Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit a career milestone of 500 club goals by scoring twice as AC Milan maintained their Serie A lead with a 4-0 win over Crotone.

The Swedish striker, 39, reached 500 in the first half before adding a 501st goal and his 14th in 11 league games this season.

Ante Rebic scored twice in as many minutes to complete the comfortable win against Serie A’s bottom side.

Milan are two points clear of city rivals Internazionale with 49 points from 21 games.

In Spain . . . 

Lionel Messi scored three minutes after coming off the bench as Barcelona came from behind to win at Real Betis.

The home side took the lead in the first half when Borja Iglesias finished from close range after a quick counter.

Messi, rested by manager Ronald Koeman, was sent on in the 57th minute and drove in the equaliser before a Victor Ruiz own goal put Barcelona ahead.

Ruiz headed in an equaliser but Trincao’s curled strike sealed the win for the visitors.

The victory moved Barcelona up to second in the Spanish top flight, seven points behind Atletico Madrid, who have two games in hand.