Lionel Messi becomes Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer


Lionel Messi now owns the Barcelona all-time scoring record with 371 goals. (Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi is used to breaking records.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old Argentine added another superlative to his ever-growing list, becoming Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer when he scored a hat-trick in the club’s 7-0 win over Osasuna.

Messi, who has now scored 371 goals in 452 matches, surpassed Paulino Alcantara’s record of 369 goals in 357 appearances between 1912 and 1927.

The star forward has scored 30 or more goals in six consecutive seasons, with 33 goals in all competition (including international play) this season.

Messi also owns the record for most goals by a Barcelona player in La Liga (233) and the most goals in Champions League (67).

The scoring spree also came at a good time for Barcelona, as it kept the club within four points of league leader real Madrid ahead of their Sunday matchup.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.

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