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The Blaugrana talisman's strike against Real Sociedad moves him into third in the Spanish top division's all-time list

Lionel Messi has surged past Real Madrid legend Raul into third in La Liga's top goalscorer charts, after scoring for Barcelona against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

The Argentine netted his 229th goal in the division at Anoeta, placing his shot beyond Claudio Bravo to cancel out the hosts' first-half advantage.

His latest strike sees him move past Raul in the all-time standing of goalscorers, after matching the 36-year-old's tally of 228 last week.

Messi now has Hugo Sanchez's tally of 234 goal in his sights, after his rich scoring form in February allowed him to rapidly scale the charts.

However, he will have to wait to gain entry into the exclusive group who have won at least 200 La Liga games in a Barcelona shirt, after the Catalans ultimately slumped to defeat at La Real.

That cohort currently consists of Victor Valdes, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carles Puyol.

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