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Amazing Messi hits No. 50
by Mike Woitalla, March 12th, 2012 1:02AM

TAGS:  germany, spain


[GOLEADORES] Lionel Messi followed up on his five-goal Champions League performance in the midweek with two La Liga goals to give him 50 for Barcelona in all competitions this season. In Germany, Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez hit a trick while in England Wayne Rooney's double-strike moved Manchester United into the EPL lead. For leading scorer updates in Europe's major leagues ...

Messi scored both goals on Sunday in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Racing Santander. The Argentine already has 50 goals in 43 Barca games in this season, including 12 Champions League and 30 La Liga goals. Last season he scored 53 goals in 55 games.

Spain La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal) 32
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina) 30
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Argentina) 17
Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Colombia) 16

Ronaldo stayed ahead of Messi in the Pichichi race by scoring twice as league leader Real Madrid downed Real Betis, 3-2.

English Premier League

Robin Van Persie (Arsenal/Netherlands) 25

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United/England) 20
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina) 16
Demba Ba (Newcastle/Senegal) 16

Rooney scored both Manchester United's goals in a 2-0 win over West Brom that combined with Manchester City's loss to Swansea put Man United atop the Premier League standings.

German Bundesliga
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich/Germany) 21
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04/Netherlands) 19
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/Poland) 16
Claudio Pizzaro (Werder Bremen/Peru) 16
Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne/Germany) 16

Gomez hit a hat trick in Bayern's 7-2 win over Hoffenheim to keep him on track to win the Bundesliga scoring title for a second straight season. He finished with 28 goals in 2010-11. The Bayern win combined with Borussia Dortmund's scoreless tie at Augsburg shrinks Dortmund's lead over Bayern at the top of the standings to five points.

Dutch Eredivisie

Bas Dost (Heerenveen/Netherlands) 22
Luuk de Jong (Twente/Netherlands) 20
Sanharib Malki (RODA JC/Syria) 17
John Guidetti (Feyenoord/Sweden) 16
Dries Mertens (PSV/Belgium) 16

Dost scored twice in fifth-place Heerenveen's 4-2 win over Excelsior

Italian Serie A
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan/Sweden) 19
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese/Italy) 18
Edinson Cavani (Napoli/Uruguay) 16
German Denis (Atalanta/Argentina) 15

Ibrahimovic followed up on last week's hat trick with a goal in AC Milan's 2-0 win over Lecce that opened up a four-point lead for AC Milan over second-place Juventus.

France Ligue 1
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier/France) 17
Nene (Paris SG/Brazil) 13
(Three players tied with 11 goals.)

Giroud scored in second-place Montpellier's 3-0 win over Caen.

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