Luis Suarez has been in irresistible form this season.
The striker scored four times during Barcelona’s 8-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday to halt his side’s miserable recent run.
The Catalan club had only won once in the previous six matches in all competitions - a run which saw them crash out of the Champions League while their comfortable lead at the top of La Liga vanished.
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Atletico Madrid are now level on points with Luis Enrique’s side while Real Madrid are one point adrift.
Suarez’s four-goal haul may have been important for his team but it was also important on an individual level. It brought the Uruguay international to 49 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Barcelona while it put him just one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the hunt for the Pichichi award - the top goalscorer in the league.
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But with Suarez on 49 goals, it meant that he surpassed Brazilian Ronaldo’s record of 47 goals in 49 matches which he managed in the 1996/97 campaign at the Camp Nou.
Suarez on beating Ronaldo's tally
And the former Liverpool star admitted he was very proud to beat Ronaldo’s tally.
"It is a privilege and an honour to outscore Ronaldo because of what that means and what a great player he was," Suarez told reporters, as per ESPN.
"I enjoy spending every day in the best team in the world, and it is an honour to have surpassed one of the footballing greats."
Suarez is also nine goals ahead of Lionel Messi’s tally for this season which means he is likely to become the first player since Samuel Eto’o in the 2007/08 season to score more than the Argentine in one campaign.
Suarez on beating Messi
However, Suarez knows he has a long way to go to catch up with Messi’s overall goalscoring record at Barcelona.
Messi managed 73 goals in the 2011/12 season and has scored an incredible 451 times for the club.
And Suarez admits that, although he may beat Messi in terms of goals this season, he won’t rival his outstanding records.
"It is of course impossible to beat Messi's records," he said.
Aiming for the double
Suarez will be hoping to reach half-a-century of goals in a single campaign for the first time - he scored 49 for Ajax in the 2009/10 season - in his career this weekend when Barcelona host Sporting Gijon.
Suarez and his teammates know that four wins against Gijon, Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada would see them retain the league title.
They also have a chance of completing a double with the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on May 22.
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