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.
Más goles como suplente en TODO la historia de La Liga:— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) February 7, 2021
28 Julio Salinas
27 LIONEL MESSI
27 Óscar de Paula
23 Wálter Pandiani
22 Manu Sarabia
Me parece la repxxxx que también se vaya a quedar con este récord
“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.