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Another weekend, another record-setting performance for Lionel Messi. Okay, the master doesn't do it every time he plays, but in Barcelona's 5-1 win vs. Sevilla, Messi broke Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goals record of 251 with panache: He netted a hat trick to put his total at 253.
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The city of Barcelona, Catalunya and millions of Blaugrana supporters around the globe are still buzzing after witnessing the magical hat-trick which enabled Lionel Messi to break Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goalscoring record -- as well as helping his team to the much-needed 5-1 home win against Sevilla on Saturday.
Understandably, football fans around the world have been eagerly celebrating such a historic achievement. Despite Barca's No.10 tendency to break a new record pretty much on a weekly...
Having beaten Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra's tally of 251 goals that has stood untouched since 1955, in the interests of balance Toe Poke thought we'd examine a few of the humbler moments Lionel Messi has suffered during his already super-stellar career.
Believe us, we've had to search long and hard for these things, but it does appear that Messi has suffered his fair(ish) share of bloopers over the years.
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Now that Lionel Messi has finally broken the Spanish La Liga goal-scoring record, here are 10 of his best strikes from down the years.
Note: These are all, of course, goals scored only in La Liga.
Let us start at the beginning. Messi made his competitive debut for Barcelona in October 2004, coming on as a substitute for Deco against Espanyol, but was very much eased into the first-team -- making only one start in the rest of that season -- in a pointless...