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Twitter reacts as Lionel Messi becomes the first player to score 400 LaLiga goals

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4.14K   //    14 Jan 2019, 12:09 IST

The Argentine ace became the first ever player to score 400 goals in the Spanish league's history.
The Argentine ace became the first ever player to score 400 goals in the Spanish league's history.

Sunday witnessed league leaders Barcelona play host to Eibar in a game that saw the Catalan giants earn a 3-0 win to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Luis Suarez may have found the net twice, but team captain Lionel Messi stole the show with his 400th LaLiga goal, thereby becoming the first player to reach the milestone in the Spanish league's history.

The Argentine ace took a mere 435 games to score his 400th goal, with an average of 0.92 goals per game. 

The second highest scorer in LaLiga is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 311 goals in his time with Real Madrid, followed by Athletic Bilbao's Telmo Zarra, who played for the side from 1940 to 1955, with 251 league goals. The top five is capped off by Hugo Sanchez with 234 goals and Real Madrid's Raul with 228.


The closest player to Messi's record to be currently playing in LaLiga is Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz, who has netted 157 goals in 422 games so far. 

The goal also makes Messi only the second player to have scored 400 goals in any of Europe's top five leagues. The Argentine, however, reached the milestone in 63 games fewer than Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the first player to achieve the feat.


When asked about Messi's achievement, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said (via Goal), "Messi's numbers are stratospheric."

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"They are incredible. Not only the goals, but also what he creates. He's from another galaxy."

Barcelona currently sit at the top of the Spanish league table with 43 points, with Atletico Madrid trailing by 5 points.

The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of the Copa del Rey on Friday.

After the game, fans took to social media to address the feat:


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