Barcelona forward Lionel Messi netted a hat trick in the 7-0 rout of Osasuna to overtake Paulino Alcantara’s record as the highest goalscorer in Barcelona history, with the Argentine now on 371 goals in all competitions.
Paulino’s record had stood for 87 years, as the Philippines-born striker netted 369 goals in 357 official and friendly matches as a Barca player between 1912 and 1927.
Messi, still only 26, overtook the record in 95 more games but is tipped to smash it during the rest of his career. His next task is to take on the all-time clasico goalscoring record — which stands at 19 by Alfredo Di Stefano; one more than Messi’s 18 — and could be broken next weekend when Barcelona take on Real Madrid.
He is also targeting the all-time Champions League goalscoring record which stands at 71 from Raul Gonzalez; Messi has 67 currently.
A number of Messi’s Barcelona team mates took to Twitter after the victory to congratulate him on his achievement.
Javier Mascherano wrote:
“Congratulations Leo Messi. Top scorer in the history of FC.Barcelona. Awesome!!”
“Great team! Photo with Leo, top scorer in the history of #Barca #371 Huge!”
Jordi Alba posted.
Cristian Tello added:
“7-0 against Osasuna, I’m happy to help the team. Congratulations Leo for being the top scorer in the history of the club!”