Lionel Messi notched a hat trick this weekend in Barcelona’s win over Sevilla — his 251st, 252nd and 253rd goals in La Liga. This broke the record previously held by Telmo Zarra, who played for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s, scoring 251 league goals. Messi is still only 27 years old and is going to score a lot more goals for Barça.
Messi is at the point where he is so good that his last name might as well be turned into an adjective to describe greatness. Between 2007-08 and last season he averaged 35+ goals per year in La Liga. Impressive, no? A, shall we say, Messi-ian feat.
YouTube uploader iNJRHD put together a 30+ minute clip of all 253 league goals by Messi. The video begins with Messi’s first goal –set up by Ronaldinho where he chips the Albacete goalkeeper with ease, a clear sign of things to come from the Argentine master.
If you’re looking for a little more Messi, ESPN FC posted this nifty infographic.
Oh right, on Tuesday Messi notched another hat trick and set another record, this time in the Champions League. Messi passed Raul’s all-time scoring record in that competition in a game vs. APOEL. There will probably be a YouTube mix of all 74 of those goals by the time you’re done reading this.