Lionel Messi breaks La Liga goalscoring record in Barcelona win

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Lionel Messi has become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga history after netting a hat-trick for Barcelona in their 5-1 win over Sevilla - making it 253 career goals in the Spanish top flight.

The Argentine playmaker is already regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, alongside great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, and he cemented his place in Spanish football history by breaking the record at the age of just 27.

Zarra's record broken

Telmo Zarra had previously held the record, with the Athletic Bilbao forward scoring 251 goals in 277 games. Messi has reached his total in 289 games, and is now two clear of his rivals with plenty of years ahead of him.

That said, there has been speculation over the 96-cap international's future at the Nou Camp this week, with an incredible big-money move to the Premier League being mooted.

However, that certainly wasn't on the mind of the playmaker as he netted the opener on 21 minutes, before breaking the record with a tap-in following Neymar's low cross on 72 minutes. He completed his treble on 78 minutes.

La Liga title race

Messi might have broken the individual record with his goals, but Barca certainly needed the win after earlier victories for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title.

Real are currently two points clear of Barca, with Atletico a further two points back in the table.

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