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Lionel Messi one goal away from matching record for most La Liga goals from the bench

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An amazing feat for a player who rarely does not start

Real Betis v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi is only one goal away from matching the record for most goals scored by a substitute ever in La Liga, an amazing feat for a player who starts the vast majority of games he plays in.

The Argentine trails Julio Salinas by only one goal, 27 to 28, after he scored a blazing fast equalizer against Real Betis. He scored with a driven left-footed shot to the bottom right just two minutes after coming on, in FC Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Betis.

Salinas, who is best known for stints at Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, and Atlético Madrid, was a Spanish international who started his career in the 80s and retired in 2000.

This fact comes courtesy of “MisterChip,” Spain’s most recognized sports stats expert.

“Seems f***ing insane to me that he will also take this record,” wrote MisterChip, whose real name is Alexis Martín-Tamayo.

Messi has three goals this season in two substitute appearances for Barcelona - interestingly, all against Betis.