Watch: Lionel Messi breaks La Liga scoring record; nets hat trick
Lionel Messi has added yet another record to his lengthy list of accomplishments.
Just over two weeks after matching Raul's goal-scoring achievement in the UEFA Champions League, the Argentine forward broke Telmo Zarra's 49-year-old mark of 251 goals in the Spanish La Liga against Sevilla on Saturday. The record-setting goal No. 252 came in typically Barcelona fashion, with Messi starting the play at the top of the box, playing it to the wing, then finishing off the cross at close range. It's the kind of goal that Messi scores by the bucketload, but this one obviously has some extra weight to it:
Earlier, Messi tied the record with a beautiful curling free kick:
And as if making history wasn't enough, Messi capped off a historical hat trick.
The Spanish goal scoring record is now set at 253...and counting.
Zarra's record of 251, which was set in 1955 with Athletic Bilbao, has not been seriously threatened until Messi's emergence. At just 27 years old, chances are that Messi will make the record all his own by a considerable margin. But there is one aspect of Zarra's mark Messi can not match: Zarra achieved his record in 278 appearances. Messi needed 289. An excessively minor dent in an otherwise fantastic achievement.