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Magnificent Messi hits four
by Mike Woitalla, February 19th, 2012 8:01PM

TAGS:  england, germany, real madrid, spain


[GOLEADORES] Lionel Messi scored four goals in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Valencia to give him 27 La Liga goals, one less than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who struck once in Real's 4-0 win over Racing Santander. For leading scorer updates in Europe's major leagues and video of Messi's quartet ...

Messi now has 42 goals this season in all competitions -- the third season in a row he's broken the 40-goal mark.

Four from Messi vs. Valencia (the fourth being particularly brilliant) ...

Spain La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal) 27
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina) 27
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Argentina) 14
Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Colombia) 14

The EPL was off this weekend for FA Cup play.

English Premier League

Robin Van Persie (Arsenal/Netherlands) 22

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United/England) 17
Demba Ba (Newcastle/Senegal) 16
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina) 15

Dutchman Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored twice in Schalke's 4-0 win over Wolfsburg to take a share of the Bundesliga scoring lead.

German Bundesliga
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich/Germany) 18
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04/Netherlands) 18
Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen/Peru) 15
Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne/Germany) 15

Swede John Guidetti, playing on loan at Feyenoord from Manchester City, scored his 16th of the season with a penalty kick in a 1-1 tie with RKC Waalwijk.

Dutch Eredivisie

Bas Dost (Heerenveen/Netherlands) 19
Luuk de Jong (Twente/Netherlands) 17
John Guidetti (Feyenoord/Sweden) 16
Dries Mertens (PSV/Belgium) 15

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani struck twice in Napoli's 3-0 win at Fiorentina.

Italian Serie A
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese/Italy) 17
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan/Sweden) 15
Edinson Cavani (Napoli/Uruguay) 15
(Five players tied with 12 goals.)

France Ligue 1
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier/France) 15
Nene (Paris SG/Brazil) 11
Kevin Gameiro (Paris SG/France) 10
(Four players tied with 9 goals.)

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