Lionel Messi has plenty of records, accolades, trophies and medals to his name already, but he can now add one more to that collection after Wednesday night's efforts against Sporting Gijon.
Wearing the captain's armband, the Barcelona man went into the match knowing he was just one away from becoming the first to reach 300 goals in La Liga. The record was already his. The nearest competitor was, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo with 246 goals. Only something drastic would have given the Real Madrid stalwart the chance to catch his archrival.
Having scored in the 25th minute, Messi became just the second man to reach 300 goals in a single league across Europe's top five divisions after Gerd Muller did so in the Bundesliga. Muller, who eventually finished an incredible career with a record 365 goals, is surely preparing to surrender it to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
What is more stunning, Messi has reached the milestone in just 334 games, in which he has also contributed 137 assists. Oh, and as this article was being written, he went and scored another goal, so make that 301 goals in 334 games.
Anyway, let's talk about this goal. Barcelona had dominated the game but still had not found a breakthrough after 25 minutes. A couple of decent chances for Sporting Gijon had the crowd dreaming of a major upset, but then Messi came along and slotted home from 25 yards.
He then scored his second, which signalled another milestone. It was Barcelona's 10,000th goal in their entire history. One amazing statistic, which may not be true (we found it on Twitter) claims Messi also scored Barcelona's 9000th.
With the game far from over, fans all over the world are already waxing lyrical about the Argentine maestro. Not a match goes by without him seemingly making a major impact on the world stage. Take a look at some of the best tweets below.
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