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Lionel Messi breaks Barcelona goal-scoring record


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Lionel Messi broke Barcelona's 60-year-old goal-scoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over La Liga rivals Granada at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

Messi, 24, equalled the record with a volley off a post in the 17th minute and then broke it with a lob in the 68th minute.

The Argentine's third - and 234th goal - came four minutes from time.

Cesar Rodriguez, who played for Barcelona in the 1940s and 1950s, held the previous record.

He was thought to have scored 235 goals for the club, but research by Barcelona's Centre of Documentation and Studies and La Vanguardia newspaper showed he had scored three goals fewer.

Messi, the World Player of the Year who is in his eighth season with Barca, has now scored 54 goals in all competitions this season.

He is also now the top-scorer in La Liga this season with 34 goals from 27 games, two ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Athletico Madrid's Falcao is third with 17 goals.

"We have to congratulate Messi, he has scored so many goals and is only 24, he does not just score ordinary goals but great goals and we hope he gets lots more for us, we can compare him perhaps the Michael Jordan [American basketball legend] of football," said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

"There are no players capable of dominating a sport with such superiority. In every sport there has existed only one player that can be considered as somebody unique. And this is the case. Yes, Messi can be compared to Michael Jordan."

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdez said of his team-mate: "Messi is defining an era. He is the best."

He set the new record in Barcelona's win over Granada which moves the Catalan side to within five points of league leaders Real Madrid, who they face at the Nou Camp on 22 April.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17442840

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I'm hoping Jerry Jones gets some kind of match in Jerryworld where either Barca or Argentina are playing so I can see Messi in person. He has Brazil and Mexico there in June so there is hope.

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Wouldn't call him second best player ever, but he certainly is one of the best of all time.

Exactly and he certainly has the skills to become the best ever. In my list of greats would be Pele and Maradona, Messi isn't far behind though.

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He may not be the best player that's ever graced a football pitch at this moment in time, but remember that he's only 24, and still got another decade or more in him. If he stays injury free and in this form, he'll easily become better than the likes of Pele, to become the best player ever.

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He is also now the top-scorer in La Liga this season with 34 goals from 27 games, two ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Athletico Madrid's Falcao is third with 17 goals.

This became false just 2h later, as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in the Real Madrid match.

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who's the first!

Messi is no doubt one of the worlds most talented players, but i have to say Ronaldo is the top dog. Messi is better for technicality, goes without saying.

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