Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is no stranger to breaking records, and he added a handful more to his ridiculous CV during his side’s 6-1 thumping of Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Up against a side in pursuit of Europa League football, Barcelona were overwhelmingly dominant from start to finish. Messi stole the show with two goals and an assist – a present for each of birthday boys Ronald Koeman, Antoine Griezmann and Jordi Alba.
It was always going to be a special evening for Messi, who was making his record-breaking 768th appearance for Barcelona. He has now moved clear of legendary midfielder Xavi, who had stood on top of the appearance charts for almost 11 years.
That record has dominated the headlines after the game, but that wasn’t the only honour which Messi has claimed as his own as a result of this game.
Messi bagged his 467th goal in La Liga – 156 more than closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo – and he has now set the record for most goals by one player in a single league, surpassing the 466 goals bagged by Pele for Brazilian side Santos.
As noted by AS, that is Messi’s 43rd club record at Camp Nou. 43rd.
It’s not even just club honours that Messi likes to dominate. He’s got plenty for La Liga, such as most consecutive seasons hitting the 20-goal mark (13 and counting) and pretty much every other goalscoring honour you could even imagine.
“It has undoubtedly been the best gift they could have given me,” Koeman said of his team’s victory. “I’m also happy for Griezmann and Alba, who had their birthday, and who played a great game.
“I’m not going to say that we won’t lose a game between now and the remainder of the season, but it is clear that we are on the right track in the title race. We are very strong, both mentally and physically.
“There is still a lot of the season left to play. Nothing has been decided yet. Atletico are very strong as well and managed a good win over Alaves. Real Madrid are also in the fight, we can’t forget that.”