Fifa Ballon d’Or winner has matched an historic goalscoring record set 60 years ago and is likely to surpass it during the remainder of the campaign
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has once again etched his name into the Spanish football record books with his 48th club goal of the season against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Argentina international scored the only goal in their 1-0 victory over the Ukrainian champions in the second-leg of the quarter-final tie as the Catalans romped to a 6-1 aggregate victory and in the process, increased Messi’s tally to 48 goals in all competitions for the 2010-11 campaign.
However, the 23-year-old is not the first player to reach this mark in a single season. Telmo Zarra scored the same number of goals in the 1950-51 campaign, but Messi is almost certain to increase his tally and break the record during the remainder of the season.
Barcelona still have seven games to play in La Liga, one in the Copa del Rey final on April 20, and two more guaranteed matches in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Last season, Messi totalled 47 goals, matching the record set by Ferenc Puskas in a Real Madrid shirt in 1959-60 and also equalled the feat set by Ronaldo with Barcelona in 1996-97.