Lionel Messi continued his amazing career by scoring two goals at the weekend for Barcelona in a 6-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp.
The 26-year-old has a number of records to his name and his goals on Saturday took him above Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stefano's La Liga goal tally and into third place in the all time goalscoring charts.
His second goal against Vallecano was Messi's 228th La Liga goal, which drew him level with another Real Madrid great: Raul.
However, it has taken just 263 games for Messi to reach his total, whereas it took Raul 550 games. Messi now has Hugo Sanchez (234) and Telmo Zarra (251) firmly in his sights and, in current form, should overtake them both during 2014.
Messi already holds the record for the most goals in a season (68), most goals in a calendar year (91) and the most La Liga hat-tricks in a season (8). He has scored a total of 24 hat-tricks in his career. He is close to becoming the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League and was awarded the Ballon d'Or four years in a row prior to Cristiano Ronaldo winning the award last month.
Messi is Barcelona's all-time record scorer with 337 goals in 406 matches.
There is no doubt that Messi, if he stays fit and healthy, will break many more records and will be regarded as perhaps the greatest player of all time when his career ends.
Indeed his current coach at Barcelona, Gerardo Martino, told Barcelona's own website after the Vallecano game: "If he wants, he’ll break any record he sets his mind to. He’s only 26 years old and he’ll lose count [of the records he breaks]."
Will Ronaldo be able to join the elite group of La Liga strikers? He already has 155 goals from just 140 games. He certainly has the capability.
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