Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is closing in on the club's Primera Liga goalscoring record set by Brazilian legend Ronaldo during the 1996/97 season.
In the last Primera Liga campaign contested by 22 teams, Ronaldo scored an incredible 34 goals in 37 league matches during his only season at Camp Nou, claiming the European Golden Boot and could have scored more had he not been called up to the Brazil squad for the Copa America.
So far Messi has 29 goals in 32 Primera Liga appearances and has just three games remaining to score the five goals necessary to equal the Brazilian's record. One more goal will see him match Samuel Eto'o, Romario and Mariano Martin in a select group of strikers that have scored 30 league goals for the club.
Should Messi equal Ronaldo's league record, he will also equal El Fenomeno's total season haul of 47 goals, although Ronaldo achieved that figure in just 49 appearances as Barca won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He was also named Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year for 1997.
While it is a tough ask for the 22-year-old to reach Ronaldo's benchmark, Messi has enjoyed a good scoring run against Barcelona's three remaining Primera Liga opponents this season, having scored 6 goals against these sides back in January.
The Argentinian put three past Barcelona's next opponents Tenerife and netted twice in the next game, a 4-0 win over Sevilla and scored once against Valladolid later that month.
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