At 26 years of age, Lionel Messi has scored more goals than anyone to have even worn the storied jersey of Barcelona.
Many have pondered it before, but think about that level of greatness.
Messi passed Paulino Alcántara for No. 1 all-time at Barca when he netted the second goal of a hat trick in Sunday’s 7-0 dismissing of Osasuna. The scoreboard flashed congratulations and the crowd celebrated goal No. 370 of Messi’s career at Barcelona (For more Messi numbers, check Zach Woosley’s good work here).
Messi needed nearly 100 more matches than Alcantara to reach 369, and the record stood for more than 87 years. The game’s changed a bit in close to a century, so I’m not going to hurt my brain comparing the two.
As an aside, none of Messi’s three goals were as impressive as the blast Andres Iniesta sent home to make it 3-0. All the goals from the match are below, but skip to around the 2:30 mark and wonder how a defense loses track of Iniesta long enough for him to take two touches before shooting.
This coming a week after Iniesta took to Facebook to thank fans for support after he missed a match due to a miscarriage.