Messi hits 400th LaLiga goal

By Stephen Creek 14 January 2019 122
Messi hits 400th LaLiga goal

Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's clash with Eibar to take his LaLiga goal tally to 400, becoming the first player in the competition's history to hit the milestone.

The 31-year-old is LaLiga's all-time top goalscorer by some distance, having surpassed the previous record of 251, held for 59 years by Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra, in November 2014.

The goal came after 53 minutes as he doubled Barca's lead against Eibar with a typically clinical finish with his left foot.

The Argentina international is now 89 goals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, and the only other active LaLiga players in the division's top 30 goalscorers of all time are Aritz Aduriz and Karim Benzema.

Messi is one of only seven players to have scored 400 goals in Europe's top leagues, alongside Imre Schlosser, Jimmy McGrory, Ronaldo and Uwe Seeler, but he is still some way behind Josef Bican and Ferenc Puskas, who both hit 500 league goals.

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