Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is not known for his selfishness - despite the incredible number of goals he scores every season - but he appeared to steal a goal off Neymar during the team’s emphatic 8-0 demolition of Cordoba on Saturday.
The ball broke kindly to Neymar inside the six-yard box after the Cordoba goalkeeper collided with Luis Suarez, but the Brazilian was beaten to the ball at the last second by the alert Messi, who tapped home his second goal of the match. (Watch the footage by scrolling down this page).
However, Messi made amends for his selfish moment by allowing Neymar to take a late penalty, even though he was one goal away from notching yet another La Liga hat-trick.
Messi’s brace means he is now one goal ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Pichichi. He becomes the first player anywhere in Europe to score 40 league goals this season.
Ronaldo will have the chance to go back above the four-time Ballon d’Or winner when Real Madrid take on Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán later this evening, but it promises to be a tough match for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Ronaldo will be desperate to go back above Messi
Ronaldo will be desperate to go back above Messi - his relentless desire to score was all too evident against Almeria in mid-week - and it will be interesting to see how he reacts over the course of the 90 minutes.
Who will finish the season with more league goals: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments below!