Messi currently has 258 goals in 294 career matches in Spain's first division PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Just before the game against Atlético Madrid, Carles Rexach presented Messi with an award recognising him as the all-time leading goalscorer in league history. Messi surpassed the previous record of 251 goals set by Athletic Club striker Telmo Zarra in 1955, doing it with a hat trick against Sevilla on November 22. Messi started the game with 250 goals and ended the match with 253.

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