3 football records which were set over the last gameweek
It was another enthralling weekend of football across Europe, as various clubs resumed hostilities in their quest to fulfill their season objectives.
There were routine victories for some clubs, while others suffered setbacks. Manchester United posted a statement victory in their 1-0 win over Tottenham away at Wembley to continue their revival under Solksjaer and send their statement of intent, while Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to West Ham.
It was also business as usual for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in LaLiga, while Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a narrow 2-1 victory over Real Betis away at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
There were some records also set and broken over the weekend in Europe, as players etched their names into the history books. In this piece, we take a look at three records which were posted this weekend.
#3 First player to reach 400 LaLiga goals
Throughout his long and illustrious career, Lionel Messi has made a habit of breaking and resetting records, with it almost a foregone conclusion that every goal he scores, assist he gives or dribble he completes adds another page to his burgeoning collection of football records.
The Argentine maestro was once more at it over the weekend, scoring the second goal in the 3-0 victory over Eibar at the Camp Nou which made him the first player in history to score 400 La Liga goals.
A cursory look at Messi's incredible scoring stat shows that the Argentine has averages an incredible 0.92 goals per game in his illustrious Barca career, as his 400 goals came in just 435 Primera division matches.
The strike makes him only the second player to net 400 goals in Europe's top five leagues after eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo did so earlier in the season, although it is pertinent to note that Messi did so in 63 matches than it took Ronaldo to achieve the feat.
Incredibly, Messi's first league goal for Barcelona came way back in 2005 against Albacete as a skinny 17-year-old and since then, the icon has gone on to score 83 braces and 31 hat-tricks.
With Messi having committed to a new long-term contract, his record is set to stand for a very long time, seeing as the nearest active challenger to him is Athletic Bilbao legend Aritz Aduriz, who currently stands on 157 goals for the Basque side.