Lionel Messi broke new ground in goalscoring history once again this weekend as the Barcelona forward’s hat-trick against Sevilla see him claim the record for the most goals ever scored in La Liga.
Messi had been one shy of Telmo Zarra’s 251-goal benchmark prior to the encounter with Sevilla and moved two clear of the Athletic Bilbao legend by recording his 20th treble in the league. It’s hard to believe he’s only 27.
The record came in a convincing 5-1 victory for Barcelona at the Camp Nou, with victory enough to keep the gap between themselves and leaders Real Madrid to only two points.
Following the triumph over Sevilla, Luis Suarez, Barcelona’s record signing, tweeted his congratulations to Messi who could break yet another record in his side’s next outing.
Messi is level with Raul as the leading scorer in Champions League history, both on 71 goals, and the Argentine will have the opportunity to move out alone at the summit of the charts later this week.
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Barcelona travel to Cyprus to face Apoel Nicosia in the competition and, if he plays, it would be expected that Messi will plunder at least one goal past far weaker opposition.
It may be that manager Luis Enrique choses to rest Messi for what should be a straightforward win, although doing so would present Cristiano Ronaldo with the opportunity to be the first to surpass Raul.
Ronaldo is just one goal behind both Messi and Raul, and too will have the chance to make history when Real Madrid travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel.