What more can this little man do? At only 24, Lionel Messi has just completed his brace against Granada, thus surpassing the late, great Cesar Rodriguez to become FC Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in competitive fixtures. Simply put, the man is beyond description. I mean 233 goals in just seven full seasons with the club? Whether or not he is the best player of all-time is irrelevant at this stage: we know for certain this man is the finest to have ever donned the famous Blaugrana jersey.
His first goal was superb, with Isaac Cuenca supplying La Pulga with a sublime delivery to the back-post and the Argentine caught the ball sweetly with a left-footed volley that hit the far post before finding the back of the net. That volley equalled Cesar’s record, and also drew Messi level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Pichichi, with Ronaldo set to start against Villarreal tomorrow evening.
But the second was even better. Granada had pulled it back to 2-2, but Lionel Messi was not going to let the title fall out of reach just yet. His run was impeccably timed, and he was picked out wonderfully by Dani Alves. Faced with Julio Cesar to beat, how would Lionel Messi break Cesar’s record? Well, just like his very first goal, his 233rd was a trademark chip.
All I need to say is enjoy him while you can.
Lionel MESSI scored 232th goal for Barcelona! (to equal Cesar's historic goal-getting record!) (via RoadToEURO2012)
Lionel Messi scored record 233th Goal & was the best scorer of Barcelona EVER! (via RoadToEURO2012)
EDIT: Leo ended up with a hat-trick, taking his tally to 54 for the season and 234 goals over his career. There are mortals, and there is Lionel Messi.