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    Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates at the end of their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona November 22, 2014

    Lionel Messi Tops La Liga All-Time Scorers List

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    The Argentinian wizard scored his 253rd goal in the Spanish Primera Division and has become the league’s top scorer of all time.

    MOSCOW, November 23 (Sputnik) — Lionel Messi, the Argentinian genius forward, has broken Telmo Zarra’s historic record of 251 goals scored in La Liga after securing hat-trick in Barcelona vs. Sevilla game on Saturday night.

    Almost 80,000 viewers at Camp Nou were ecstatic to witness their favorite hero set a new record of more than 251 goals in the Primera Division. In the first half, Lionel Messi earned a free kick just near the penalty box and took it himself, perfectly curling the ball in the top corner. The perfect execution of this free kick leveled Lionel Messi with Telmo Zarra, a great striker of 1940s and 1950s who managed to score 251 goals, a seemingly unsurpassable achievement.

    Sevilla managed to equalize at the start of the second half after Barcelona defender Jordi Alba scored an own goal. Two minutes later Brazilian forward Neymar sent Barcelona back on top with a header and midfielder Ivan Rakitic scored the third goal, ensuring the victory. In a speedy counterattack, Messi played one-touch with Neymar and rushed the ball into the net. The public hit cloud nine and chanted their hero’s name as Messi’s partners cheerfully lifted him up.

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal with teammates during their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona November 22, 2014
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    Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal with teammates during their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona November 22, 2014

    Five minutes later, Messi went on to steal the show, sending the ball into the bottom corner with a pinpoint accuracy.

    With his 253 goals in 289 games, the 27-year-old Argentinian has topped the list of La Liga best scorers, leaving behind such legends as Telmo Zarra (251 goals), Hugo Sanchez (234), Raul (228) and Alfredo di Stefano (227). Recently, Lionel Messi caught retired Real Madrid captain Raul as the UEFA Champions League top scorer with 71 goals so far.

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