For 57 years, Cesar Rodriguez's 231 goal total for Barcelona stood unassailed. It was 13 years in the making. From 1942-1955, Cesar terrorized the Spanish first division on his way to becoming Barca's most prolific scorer.
49 years later, Barcelona embarked on a new climb. One that would see a miniscule Argentinean score 234 goals for them, at a rate of 1.004 goals per game played. Ridiculous. And he did it in 5 fewer years than it took Cesar.
His hat-trick today versus Grenada put him on a new level of renown. This season, Messi has 54 goals in all matches, 34 in league play, and 2 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. He's scored a miraculous 6 hat-tricks this season.
While we're not sure if it is the disparity in quality of players between top 4 in Spain versus everyone else, it cannot be argued that Messi has done something amazing.
Our boots off to you, Lionel.
The first 222 of Lionel Messi's goals for Barca:
And the legend he just surpassed:
Video: Jackmcrobert, mesqueunclub1899
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