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Messi Achieves Astonishing Goal Milestone CR7 Unlikely To Accomplish

After adding to his impressive goals tally for FC Barcelona on the weekend, Lionel Messi achieved yet another astonishing goalscoring milestone – one longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to surpass.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see how many goals Messi has scored for Barcelona across all competitions in the past 10 seasons, according to Transfermarkt.

The Argentine superstar scored both goals as the Blaugrana ran out 2-0 victors in the Catalan Derby against Espanyol on Saturday evening.

Messi opened the scoring in the 71st minute with a delightful "Panenka" free kick, before completing his brace in the 89th minute and taking his tally to 41 goals in 38 games across all competitions for the Spanish giants in the 2018/19 campaign.

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As a result, the 31-year-old, who is currently the top goalscorer across Europe's top five leagues, has now found the back of the net on 40 occasions or more in the past 10 successive seasons.

Messi came agonisingly close to reaching the 40-goal mark in the 2008/09 campaign, but finished two strikes shy with 38 goals in 51 games.

While he has managed to score at least 40 goals in 10 consecutive seasons, Ronaldo has managed to do so in the past eight consecutive campaigns before 2018/19.

The 34-year-old failed to reach the 40-goal milestone in his final season for Manchester United, managing 26 goals in 53 appearances in 2008/09. He again failed to do so in his first season with Real Madrid, amassing 33 goals in 35 games in the 2009/10 campaign.

So far this season, Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions for Serie A giants Juventus.

Taking into consideration the Bianconeri's remaining games in the league and Champions League, Ronaldo has 14 potential games left to score 16 goals in order to reach the 40-goal mark this season. 

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* Messi's opening strike on Saturday could go down as an own goal by Espanyol's Victor Sanchez, which would take the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's tally to 40 goals in 38 games for Barcelona.

How many goals do you think Messi will finish the 2018/19 campaign on? Do you think Ronaldo will score 40 goals this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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