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Messi Breaks His Own Records

On Sunday, Lionel Messi scored twice and broke another couple of records, surpassing the 300-goal mark for Barcelona, and then extending his goalscoring run in La Liga to 14 consecutive games. The interesting thing about these latest records, Football Espana’s Frank Tigani says, is that Messi is now breaking his own: his 301 goals (and counting) for Barca easily surpasses the previous goalscoring record for the Catalan club of 232 set by Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez; his 14 consecutive games with a goal (and counting) record surpasses the previous one of 10 set by the Brazilian Ronaldo and Mariano Martin.

Here are some of the other records on the horizon for the Argentine genius. With 37 goals to his name in La Liga this season and 14 games to go, Messi, whose goalscoring average this season is 1.5 goals per game, should surpass his previous record of 50 goals in La Liga. And with 21 so far, he will definitely break Crisitano Ronaldo’s record of 23 goals scored away from home in La Liga. Also, next season, he should easily surpass the La Liga record of 251 goals scored by a single player, set by Telmo Zarra in 1955 (Messi currently has 206 in La Liga).

In Europe, should he finish as top scorer in the UEFA Champions League again this season, it would be for a record-tying fifth consecutive season -- equaling the previous record set by Gerd Muller. Also, at the age of just 25, Messi is only 15 goals shy of equaling Raul’s record of 71 goals scored in the Champions League.

As teammate Jordi Alba said after Messi’s two goals lifted Barca to a 2-1 win over Granada this past weekend, “Whatever anyone says [about him] they will come up short."

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