Lionel Messi’s 252nd Goal Sets All-Time La Liga Mark

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi broke Telmo Zarra’s all-time La Liga goal-scoring record of 251 goals with a hat trick in the 5-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi opened the scoring on 21 minutes to equal Zarra’s feat before netting again on 72 minutes to make it 252 Liga goals in 289 appearances and take him beyond the former Athletic Bilbao forward.

The key goal was a sliding tap in with his right foot from Neymar’s cross and Messi, 27, was subsequently congratulated by his teammates and the crowd.

The Argentina international then completed his hat trick with 12 minutes remaining, meaning his total now stands at 253 Liga strikes.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi beat the number of goal in the Spanish La Liga of Telmo Zarra scoring his 252nd goal. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi beat the number of goal in the Spanish La Liga of Telmo Zarra scoring his 252nd goal.
(David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
(David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates at the end of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates at the end of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teamate Neymar of FC Barcelona after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teamate Neymar of FC Barcelona after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on November 22, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)

Barcelona’s 5-1 win against Sevilla took them back to within two points of Liga leaders Real Madrid, who beat Eibar 4-0 earlier in the day.

Click here for more.

SOURCE: ESPN FC

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *