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Lionel Messi scores 400th Barcelona goal

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Arguably the best player in the world and easily one of the best players of his generation, Lionel Messi never fails to amaze.

He has broken yet another record this weekend by becoming the first Barcelona player in history to score 400 goals and he has achieved this in an incredible 471 games.

The incredible goals to game ratio has been spread over the competitions with 278 scored in La Liga making him the highest scorer of all time.

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He's also the highest Champions League goalscorer of all time with 75 and a additional 32 in the Spanish Cup. The remaining goals came in the Spanish Super Cup (10), European Super Cup (1) and the Club World Cup (4).

The record-breaking goal came against Valencia on Saturday 18 April and moved him further into the Barcelona history books.

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The goal came deep into injury time when one on one with the goalkeeper he attempted to lob the onrushing Diego Alves, he managed to save the shot but the rebound fell kindly for Messi who cooly tucked away the chance.

It has been another incredible season for Messi scoring 46 in 46 games this season with 35 in the league, three in the cup and eight in the Champions League.

Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or win has motivated Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or has only seemed to motivate the little Argentinian genius and his form has improved over the season and has helped keep the team in the Champions League and in with a chance of yet another league title.

You wouldn't think he almost didn't make it as a footballer because of his size, would you?

The talent was obvious from an early age but there was concern over his size and whether he would be able to handle the physical side of the games.

The size problems in his youth led to the use of growth hormones to help him develop and the help was provided by Barcelona who showed great faith in a young fairly unknown foreign player and he has definitely paid them back ten-fold for the faith shown in him.

Can he maintain these levels?

After breaking into the first team as a youngster in the 2004/5 season he has never looked back and has developed into the first name on the team sheet for club and country and has even become the captain of the national side.

The only thing that currently goes against him is the lack of a World Cup winners medal.

He has managed to win every other competition he has entered on a domestic level but has failed to help his Argentina side to World Cup success. If he can achieve this before the end of his career this will be the icing on the cake of what is a staggering and incredible career.

The frightening thing is he is only 27 years old. He still has a good few years left in his career whether he can stay at this level until the end of his career is yet to be seen.

Will anyone ever be as good? Can he carry this on for the rest of his career? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

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