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Messi, celebra un dels gols contra el València. FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Leo Messi just can't stop breaking records. His four goals on Sunday night against Valencia have taken his overall tally in the league to 146, something no other player managed to do in their first 200 games for FC Barcelona.

Better than César

Messi has beaten the record averages set by César Rodríguez, the highest Barça scorer in official matches (235) and also league matches, 193 goals in 287 outings. The legendary 'Pelucas' had scored 140 goals when he reached his 200th appearance, six less than Messi, whose scoring has included a wealth of league hat tricks, (one in the 2006/07 season, three in 2009/10, two in 2010/11 and four so far in 2011/12) plus his four-goal display last night against Valencia.

All records in sight

Messi is on course for beating not only club but also national records – for he already has some amazing stats while still being extraordinarily young. He has 146 goals in the league, and has plenty of time left to beat the Barça record held by César Rodríguez (193) and the Spanish record held by Athletic Bilbao's Telmo Zarra (251).

Just when those records will fall is hard to say, but the one for goals in official matches for Barça could be beaten very soon. César holds that one with 235 goals, but Leo already has 222. But he still has a long way to go before beating the overall record for goals scored in a Barça shirt, which was set in 1927 by the great Paulino Alcántara, with 369 goals. Messi 'only' has 241, but where the Argentinian is concerned, absolutely nothing is impossible.


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