Messi, ever closer to Zarra's record

Messi, ever closer to Zarra's record

Messi's 2 goals against Elche leave him only 6 away from Zarra's goalscoring record The Argentinian scored in Barça's first La Liga match for the 5th consecutive season

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Leo Messi has started the 2014/15 La Liga season with a bang, scoring two goals in the 3-0 win against Elche at the Camp Nou on Sunday. That brace takes him ever closer to Telmo Zarra as the top goalscorer in the history of the competition.

Telmo Zarraonandia Montoya, professionally known as Zarra, was a Basque striker who spent almost all of his career at Athletic Bilbao, from 1940 to 1955, and won the ‘Pichichi’ title six times.

As for Messi, he never tires of scoring goals. Since his very first as a professional against Albacete on 1 May 2005, he has gone on to score a total of 245 in 278 La Liga games. He is now a just six behind the Athletic Bilbao star, who scored 251 in 271 games for his club. As Messi has never scored less than 10 goals in a season since 2006/07, and finished the 2011/12 season with 50 goals in 37 games, it seems that record is about to fall.

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Opening day magic

Since the 2010/11 season, Leo has never failed to find the target in the first game of the season, with one goal against Racing (0-3), two against Villarreal (5-0), two against Real Sociedad (5-1) and two against Levante (7-0). His two against Elche have got him off to a fine start in his quest for his fourth ‘Pichichi’ title and his fourth Golden Boot.

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