MESSI SCORES 400TH GOAL IN LA LIGA

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That’s 400 and count­ing. Lionel Messi took his all­time Span­ish league scor­ing record to 400 goals on Sun­day af­ter con­tribut­ing to a 3-0 win over Eibar to keep de­fend­ing cham­pion Barcelona com­fort­ably at the top. Messi scored Barcelona’s sec­ond goal shortly af­ter half­time to reach a mile­stone in the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter 435 league matches. For­mer Real Madrid ri­val Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is sec­ond all-time in La Liga with 311 goals. In all com­pe­ti­tions, Barcelona says the 31-yearold Messi has scored an as­ton­ish­ing 575 goals in 658 ap­pear­ances. “He is from an­other galaxy,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “They are in­cred­i­ble num­bers. But he does much more than score goals, he also does so much to gen­er­ate scor­ing chances for oth­ers.” Barcelona’s all-time top scorer got the land­mark goal in the 53rd minute af­ter Luis Suarez passed to him in­side Eibar’s area. /

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