Barcelona Superstar Lionel Messi Reaches Epic La Liga Milestone During Eibar Victory
Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona defeated Eibar 3-0 on Sunday and cement their place at the top of the Spanish top-flight table.
Messi scored his landmark goal in the second half of Barcelona's comfortable victory at the Camp Nou, and his 53rd minute strike was sandwiched in between a brace for strike partner Luis Suarez.
The diminutive Argentina striker enhanced his lead at the top of the La Liga All-Time Goalscorers chart with his second half goal, and his 400th goal came in only his 435th match in the Spanish top-flight, which is simply staggering.
Messi is only the second player to score 400 goals in the top five European leagues with his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo also sitting in that coveted bracket. However, Ronaldo's 409 goals have come in 507 games and were scored not only in the Spanish top division, but also in England and Italy. Ronaldo scored a whopping 311 goals in 292 La Liga games at Real Madrid, so while the Portuguese legend's goals-per-game ratio is better it's Messi that has pulled further clear at the top of the La Liga list.
To put Messi's heroic La Liga goal-scoring record into context, he has scored more goals than 29 La Liga teams have in their entire La Liga history, while he has set another personal record by scoring against 37 La Liga teams during an inspirational career that has seen him catapult himself into one of the world's greatest ever footballers.
Barcelona are five points clear at the top of the La Liga table, with Atletico Madrid their nearest pursuers, but if Messi can continue his fine goal-scoring record in the second half of the season then it's hard to not see the legendary club celebrating another title win.