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The Argentine scored four against Espanyol / PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

Absolutely brutal record set by Leo Messi. The Argentine genius took his La Liga goal tally to 50 goals, which sees him clear of Georgescu’s (47) record, as he fired 4 past the visiting team’s keeper. The Argentine goal-scoring machine, who smashed the record set in 1976 by the Dynamo Bucharest striker of most goals scored in a single season in a European league, has one more game to increase his La Liga goal tally.

With an average of 1.24 goals per game, Messi has scored 72 goals in 58 official matches. The Argentine has scored in every competition that he’s played in this season: 50 in the Liga, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 2 in the King’s Cup, 2 in the Club World Cup and 1 in the European Super Cup. After breaking Müller’s record this week with a magisterial hat-trick, Messi continues to increase his legendary numbers at a breakneck pace.

The Pichichi race

Messi continues to raise the bar for most goals scored in a single La Liga season, which was previously set at 41 by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2010/2011 season. The Argentine currently leads the Portuguese by five goals in the Pichichi race thanks to the four goals he scored against Espanyol this evening,

Third time

Arsenal, Valencia and Espanyol. These are the teams that Messi has scored four goals on in a single game. Messi also netted five times against Bayer Leverkusen.

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