- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi has broken the Spanish league’s all-time scoring record, surpassing the previous 251-goal mark in Barcelona’s match against Sevilla on Saturday.

Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra set the milestone of 251 goals in 271 La Liga games from 1940-55.

Playing in his 289th league game, the 27-year-old Messi first equaled Zarra’s record in the 21st minute and then beat it in the 72nd at Camp Nou Stadium. The Argentine went on to get his hat trick in the 78th with his 253rd league goal giving Barcelona a 5-1 lead.

Messi’s latest scoring feat comes after he equaled Raul Gonzalez as the Champions League all-time scorer with 71 goals earlier this month.

Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 365 goals.


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