During FC Barcelona's terrific 5-1 victory over Sevilla in Camp Nou on Saturday (22/11/2014), Leo Messi scored a hat trick and broke Telmo Zarra's Liga Topscorer record, which had stood at 251 goals since 1955.
Messi began the game on 250 goals and opened the scoring on 21 minutes to equal Zarra's feat before netting again on 72 minutes to make it 252 Liga goals in 289 appearances and take him beyond the former Athletic Bilbao forward.
The Argentina international then completed his hat trick with 12 minutes remaining, meaning his total now stands at 253 Liga strikes.
Barcelona's 5-1 win against Sevilla took them back to within two points of Liga leaders Real Madrid, who beat Eibar 4-0 earlier in the day.
Cuando marqué este gol, el primero en la Liga, no imaginaba en superar ningún récord y menos aún al gran Telmo Zarra. Hoy lo pude cumplir gracias al apoyo de muchísimas personas que me han ayudado durante estos años. El récord es para todos ellos, gracias por haber estado siempre conmigo. También para quienes me apoyaron y ya no están con nosotros. Les sigo teniendo muy presentes. ¡Gracias a todos!
When I scored this goal, I couldn't imagine I could break any record, let alone this one previously held by the great Telmo Zarra. I was only able to achieve this because of the support I have had from so many people during my time here and I would like to dedicate this achievement to you all. Thanks for always being with me. I would also like to dedicate this to the people who are no longer with us anymore. I will never forget you. Thank you everyone for standing with me!
Leo Messi scored his first goal for FC Barcelona against Albacete in Camp Nou during the 2004-05 season.
This video's a bit long but it's worth it!