Leo Messi could draw level or break César Rodríguez’s all-time high goal record which stands at 232 goals. FC Barcelona’s Center of Documentation and Studies started an investigation, in collaboration with La Vanguardia, to verify the exact number of official goals scored by the Barça legend during his time at the Club in the early 1950s.

After studying all of César’s matches, it has been confirmed that Messi is only one goal behind the legendary “Pelucas.” The Argentine has 231 goals in official matches, therefore if the player scores against Granada he will equal César.

The study analysed and compared all of the match reports from César’s Barça career with La Vanguardia’s, a news paper founded in 1881, historical database. The conclusion drawn from the study, not confirmed until today, is that César scored 232 official goals for Barça and not 235. It’s worth noting that César Rodiíguez is the Club’s all-time top goalscorer in official matches, but the absolute record belongs to Paulino Alcántara, who scored 369 goals for Barça in 357 official and friendly matches.

The documentary heritage managed by FC Barcelona’s Center of Documentation and Studies has been instrumental in carrying out major historical research on the Club.

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