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27.04.2011 23:04

Messi steps up amongst the Barça greats

Jordi Clos

Leo Messi’s two goals at the Bernabeu mean that he has overtaken Josep Samitier to become the third highest scorer for the Club, as well as confirming his position as the leading scorer in this year’s Champions League.

Messi steps up amongst the Barça greats

Leo Messi continues to build a place for himself amongst the greats of FC Barcelona. His goals against Madrid on Tuesday night took him past the legendary Josep Samitier and with his 179 goals in all competitions, he is now only behind César Rodríguez (235) and Ladislau Kubala (194).

Seven free-scoring seasons

FCB-ARSENAL_x28x.JPGUnlike Barça’s previous main scorers - César, Kubala, Samitier and Alcántara – Leo Messi has notched up his goals in less than 10 years. In just seven seasons with the first team, the Argentinean has bagged 119 La Liga goals, 36 in the Champions League, 17 in the Spanish Cup, 2 in the World Club Cup and 5 in the Spanish Super Cup.

Europe’s leading scorer

This is Messi’s best ever season so far in terms of goals, with the two at the Bernabeu his 51st and 52nd of the campaign and he leads both the Spanish League and Champions League goalscorers table with 31 and 11 goals respectively. In Europe he heads Mario Gómez (Bayern, 8) and Samuel Eto’o (Inter, 8), who are both out of the competition and is heading for a repeat of his feats of the 08/09 and 09/10 seasons when he topped the Champions league scorers table.

Curiously enough the two goals against Madrid were the first time he has scored in a Champions League semi-final.

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