Lionel Messi has become the first player to score 400 La Liga goals in history after netting against Eibar on Sunday. The Argentine has an average of 0.92 goals per game

The Argentine made it 2-0 when he netted for the League leaders at Camp Nou, extending his record as the highest scorer in the Spanish top flight’s history. 

Messi only took 435 games to get to his 400th goal and became the first player to reach 400 goals in La Liga as he scored in Barcelona’s game against Eibar at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi, 31, has now scored eight goals in his last five league games, including a double against Espanyol and a hat-trick against Levante.

The forward has been La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer since November 2014, when he overtook Telmo Zarra at the top of the rankings. Former Athletic Bilbao striker Zarra had held the record since the 1950s with 251 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo has since passed Zarra, too. The Portugal international scored 311 top-flight goals for Real Madrid before leaving for Juventus last summer.

Mexican forward Hugo Sanchez (234 goals) and Madrid legend Raul (228 goals) complete the top five.

Messi has been Barca’s top scorer in all competitions for a number of years. After his goal against Eibar, his tally stands at 575, ahead of Cesar (232 goals) and Laszlo Kubala (194 goals).

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