Barcelona release video of Lionel Messi watching La Liga record tribute

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Lionel Messi had been stuck one short of Telmo Zarra's 251 La Liga goals record for over a month, but finally surpassed him with a hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday evening.

Always an inevitability, Barcelona had prepared to honour the living legend with a touching tribute after the 5-1 thrashing. And now the Nou Camp outfit have released another video of Messi watching said tribute.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner looks close to tears while watching his team-mates deliver praise sandwiched between footage of just a few of his 368 goals for Barcelona on the Nou Camp jumbotron.

Touching tribute 

After watching the tribute, he was treated to a round of applause from the 98,000 fans inside the giant stadium before being given a guard of honour by his team-mates as he departed with yet another match ball.

Messi took a total of ten season to break La Liga's all-time scoring record, starting with a solitary goal in 2004/05 season, peaking with an impressive 50 goals in 2011/12 campaign. He experienced relative disappointment last year, scoring just (just!) 28 goals in an injury hit season.

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Ronaldo chasing

He will have to keep his eye on Cristiano Ronaldo, however, who is outscoring him by some rate of knots at Real Madrid this season. The 29-year-old still needs to score 56 goals to catch up with Messi and because of his superior age–Messi is still only 27-years-old, it is unlikely Ronaldo will finish his career with the title.

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