Messi breaks La Liga goal-scoring record

The Argentine forward surpassed Basque great Telmo Zarra on 251 Primera Division goals, scoring his 251st, 252nd and 253rd at Camp Nou.
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi broke La Liga's long-standing goal-scoring record with a hat trick against Sevilla on Saturday.

The prolific Argentinian took his tally of Spanish top-flight goals to 253 with a treble, moving past Telmo Zarra's record of 251 that had stretched back to 1955.

Messi, who made his Liga debut in 2004, has achieved the feat in 289 appearances – 11 more than the legendary Athletic Bilbao forward.

Messi broke the record with his second against Sevilla, slotting home in the 72nd minute after a cross from Neymar.

He completed his hat trick to cap off a memorable afternoon six minutes later, as Barcelona strolled to a 5-1 victory.

The Argentine struck with a fantastic free kick in the 22nd minute of the game at Camp Nou to reach 251 goals in the Primera Division, thus matching the mark set by Zarra.

Zarra, who also netted 20 in 20 appearances for Spain, was 35 by the time he made it to 251.

Messi, at 27 and with many years still ahead of him, could yet go on and score well over 300 goals in La Liga.

The Argentine is already Barca's all-time top goalscorer and now has 366 strikes in all competitions for the Catalan club.