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Messi celebrates one of his goals in Santander / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The Argentinian genius continues to score goals. He grabbed a hat-trick in his last match for Argentina. He netted five times in the Champions League match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Tonight, he scored a brace at El Sardinero. With today’s two goals, Lionel Messi has reached 50 goals this season, 30 of which have been scored in the Liga.

On the verge of breaking his personal record...

Messi is only three goals away from equalling his personal best record of goals scored in one season, which currently stands at 53. The Argentine, in all likelihood, keeping in mind that the end of the season is three months away, will break his own record.

In the Liga, Messi scored 34 goals in the 2009/10 season, his personal best in the domestic competition. This year, while still in the running for the Golden Boot award, he already has 30.

...very close to breaking César Rodríguez’s record

Every time Messi steps onto a football pitch he edges closer to FC Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer record. César scored 235 official goals for Barça and Messi in only 5 adrift of the Barça legend with 230. This goalscoring machine just doesn’t stop and he’s only 24-years-old!

The best player in the world

It’s worth taking a look at Messi’s stats to put things into perspective.

- Messi is the player that has needed the fewest games (202) to reach 150 victories in La Liga. Madrid’s Santamaría needed 208.

- Messi is the second player to ever score 50 or more goals in two consecutive seasons. Müller, with Bayern, scored 50 in the 1971/22 season, and 55 the next year.

- In the five big European leagues, Messi is the player the has passed the ball the most in the last third of the pitch (911). Xavi is second with 844.

- Messi has scored 16 goals in his last 6 games (including his match with Argentina). Last season he managed to score in 10 consecutive matches.

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