Lionel Messi broke one of La Liga’s longest standing records on Saturday against Sevilla. The Argentinian wiz had a hat trick and scored his 253rd-goal wearing the blue and red for Barcelona during the 5-1 crushing victory.
Previously, Spaniard Telmo Zarra held the all-time record of most goals scored in the Spanish League, with 251-goals between 1940 and 1955. Messi tied with Zarra and was finally able to break free during the historic match.
Here is an interesting break down of how Lionel Messi attained the top scoring La Liga title, thanks to Opta on Twitter. Of his 253-goals, 143 (or 56 percent) have been scored at the Camp Nou, making unforgettable memories for the faithful fans.
Incredibly Messi broke the scoring record by putting 205-goals in the back of the net with his left foot, 39 with his right, eight with a header, and one with a different body part. Of the 253-total goals — which is sure to keep growing — 218 were scored from inside the box, proving how deadly Messi really is, while only 35 were scored from outside the box.
It took the Argentine striker 289 matches to reach the pinnacle in scored goals, compared to the 277 games in which Zarra established what was to become the bar for almost six decades. Rounding the top five all-time La Liga scorers are Hugo Sánchez (234), Raúl (228), and the late Alfredo Di Stéfano (227). Cristiano Ronaldo is the only non-Spanish or Argentinian in the top ten with 197 total goals in La Liga.
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Lionel Messi was on his way to breaking the historic La Liga record when he scored at 21 minutes tying Zarra. Later on Messi scored at 72 minutes to make it 252 Liga goals in 289 appearances and finally take him past Zarra. With only 12-minutes left, Messi got a cross from Neymar and using his right foot scored the now historic 253rd goal of his career in La Liga.
With the 5-1 win Barcelona creeps up within two-points of the leaders, Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo who is bent on winning the Ballon d’Or for a second year in a row. But for now, Saturday was Lionel Messi’s day as he reminds people of why many consider him the best player that ever lived.
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