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Messi hits 12th hat trick; closes in on Barca record

  • AFP, Monday, September 26, 2011 1:56 AM

Lionel Messi notched his 12th hat trick of his Barcelona career in Saturday's 5-0 win over Atletico Madrid and the 24-year-old Argentine now has scored 192 for Barcelona -- just two behind Hungary's Laszlo Kubala, who scored 194 in his career at the Camp Nou in the 1950s. After breaking Kubala's mark, Messi will aim for the all-time club record of 235, set by Cesar Rodriguez in 1939-55.

"I'm pretty calm about it. I just take it a game at a time, but obviously I'm very excited about becoming top scorer," Messi said. "Many years have gone by and it’s still the same player (Kubala). Hopefully I can beat his stats. I want to continue breaking records here."

Barcelona has scored 22 goals in five La Liga games this season.

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