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Messi smashes La Liga goal record

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By Euronews
Messi smashes La Liga goal record

A hat trick against Sevilla sees Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a new La Liga scoring record.

His goals during Barca’s 5-1 home win take the Argentinian captain’s tally to 253, breaking the record held by striker Telmo Zarra since 1955.

It took Spaniard Zarra 277 games to score 251 goals, while Messi broke the record in 289.

The 27-year-old equalled the former Athletic Bilbao striker in the 21st minute of Saturday’s game.

Messi joined Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of 13 and grew up with the club.

Fans cheered wildly and his team mates threw him into the air when he scored a second goal in the 72nd minute and hit the back of the net once again six minutes later.

The four-time World Player of the Year has also matched Raul’s Champions League scoring record of 71 goals in October 2014.