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Messi breaks 39-year-old record with hat trick
by Mike Woitalla, May 3rd, 2012 1:09AM

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[EUROPE GOLEADORES] Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Malaga to break Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record for most goals in all competitions in a European season. Messi's goals against Malaga pulled him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the La Liga scoring race with two games left. Ronaldo scored once in Real Madrid's 3-0 title-clinching win over Athletic Bilbao. For video of Papiss Cisse's great strikes against for Newcastle against Chelsea, more on Messi, and leading scorer updates from Europe's major leagues ...

Messi's scored his 68th goal -- the third of a hat trick -- of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday to break Mueller's record of 67 goals, set during his 1972-73 season with Bayern Munich.

In addition to his 46 La Liga goals, Messi scored 14 in the UEFA Champions League, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 2 in the Spanish Copa del Rey: 2 in the FIFA World Club Cup and 1 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Spain La Liga
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina) 46
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal) 44
Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Colombia) 23
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid/Argentina) 22

With two La Liga games left this season, here's how Messi and Ronaldo have scored their La Liga goals so far:

Messi's goals: 35 goals with his feet; 1 header; 8 penalty kicks; 2 free kicks.

Ronaldo: 24 feet; 7 headers; 11 PKs; 2 free kicks.

English Premier League
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal/Netherlands) 28

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United/England) 26
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina) 22
Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Blackburn Rovers/Nigeria) 16
Demba Ba (Newcastle/Senegal) 16
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/USA) 16


Newcastle's Cisse hit two beauties to down Chelsea on Wednesday. (His 12th and 13th goals of the season.) ...



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