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The Argentine drew level with Raul when he netted with a header at home to Real Sociedad on Tuesday, but his strike against Almeria has now seen him surpass the Blancos' legend

By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer

Lionel Messi has now scored more competitive goals than any player in the entire history of Real Madrid after overtaking Blancos' legend Raul on Saturday.

The Argentine attacker headed home the second for Barcelona in the Catalans' 4-1 win at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga on Tuesday night to draw level with Raul on 323 strikes in all competitions, but his fantastic goal at Almeria on Saturday has now seen him surpass the former Madrid favourite.

Messi's 324 strikes in all competitions have come in just 388 games for the Camp Nou outfit - and he is still only 26.

Leo, with 62 Champions League goals, is also closing in on Raul's record of 71 in Europe's premier club competition.

Raul's 323 goals for Real Madrid came in 741 games over 16 seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi, meanwhile, has hit 324 in only his 10th campaign for the Catalan club.

The 26-year-old was withdrawn with a thigh injury just short of the half-hour mark against Almeria and will be sidelined for between two and three weeks, Barca have confirmed.

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