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Messi Closes In On Ronaldo Record

With Lionel Messi scoring a brace having come off the bench over the weekend, he has closed in on a record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, one he is likely to break this season.

Click through the gallery above to see the players who have converted the most penalties in LaLiga history, according to @MessiStats.

The 33-year-old netted his seventh penalty for club and country since the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign after coming on as a half-time substitute for the injured Ansu Fati in FC Barcelona's league encounter against Real Betis.

He scored a brace in the second half of the Blaugrana's 5-2 win over Betis, converting a penalty in the 61st minute before adding another goal eight minutes from time.

His second strike was his first goal from open play this season, while his spot-kick saw him close in on Ronaldo's record for the most penalties scored in LaLiga history.

Ronaldo netted 61 penalties during his time at Real Madrid, while Messi now is on 59 spot-kicks converted.

Read: Koeman: Why I Benched Messi

Overall, Messi has now scored 97 penalties for club and country, excluding shootouts, and he last missed a spot-kick on 15 November 2019 – almost a year ago.

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