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Lionel Messi has become the all-time top scorer in the top five European leagues, moving ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner came up clutch with the winning goal from the spot ten minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad last night.
It was his 55th goal in La Liga history, but more importantly it was his 438th goal in 474 Spanish top flight appearances.
Messi has eclipsed the previous record set by long-time rival Ronaldo, who has 437 goals in 540 appearances across three leagues for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
438 - @FCBarcelona's Lionel Messi has become the all-time top-scorer in the top five European leagues (438 goals in 474 appearances), surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo (437 in 540). Battle. pic.twitter.com/konZO1J8Pr- OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 7, 2020
Third spot on the list is occupied by Jimmy Greaves, scorer of 366 goals for Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham and AC Milan, while Bayern and Germany legend Gerd Muller hit 365 league goals and is fourth in the all-time top scorer rankings.
Messi was fortunate to have reached the milestone at the Nou Camp, having somehow escaped punishment for a stamp on Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente.
That stamp from Messi is so dirty but Barca fans will argue that there was no other place he could have put his foot pic.twitter.com/AhoEAMEN0q- Don Martial (@Unitedevil1) March 7, 2020
While Messi was off balance and his momentum carried him forward, it appears as though he could have avoided the contact.
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