Messi Becomes Record Scorer Among Europe's Biggest Leagues
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi Becomes Record Scorer Among Europe's Biggest Leagues
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi stole the show with his hat-trick against Leganes on Saturday, and broke an impressive all-time European record along the way.
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The Argentine scored all three goals in his side's 3-1 win over Leganes, and the treble took him to 29 LaLiga goals for the season, equaling Mohamed Salah's tally in the European Golden Shoe race.
Overall, it was his 378th goal in Spain's top flight, making him the all-time record scorer among Europe's highest ranked leagues.
Albert De Cleyn, who had scored 377 goals for Belgian side Malinois – now known as Mechelen – between 1932 and 1955, was the last name on Messi's hunting list. De Cleyn could have scored even more had three Belgian seasons not been suspended due to the Second World War, according to UEFA's official website.
Gerd Muller follows the Albiceleste star and De Cleyn to complete the podium after scoring 365 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich.
Messi's longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo remains the record scorer across Europe's top five leagues after netting 84 Premier League goals for Manchester United and another 308 in LaLiga since joining Real Madrid.
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