There is little doubt in anyone's mind that Barcelona's Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players ever to lace up a pair of football boots. If there was even a shadow of doubt, he banished them all this weekend. His second goal in the 7-0 win over Osasuna took his total to 370 goals for the Catalan club, making him their record goal-scorer. He would go on to score a third and take his tally to 371. With players such as Romario, Diego Maradona and Ronaldo all gracing the Blaugrana shirt at one point, this surely puts Messi in the same bracket as Pele and Maradona.
It has taken the diminutive Argentine just seven years to break the record, he scored his first ever goal in a friendly against Palamos in a friendly, seven years later he leveled then broke Paulino Alcántara against Osasuna.
PHOTOS - The day Leo Messi broke Paulino Alcántara's all-time goalscoring record for FC Barcelona http://t.co/wpKFPU6KGp— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 16, 2014
It took the striker from the Philippines 13 years (1912-1916, 1918-1927) to score 369 goals, that includes all competitions and friendlies. His competitive record was down at 142 goals, but let that take nothing away from Lionel Messi. His competitive record stands at 344 and is 112 goals apart from the next top striker, Cesar Rodriguez, from the 1950s.
Messi's first goals against Real Madrid came very early in his career, in-fact the first was only the 21st of his career. Number 25 was the sensational run in the cup against Getafe, going on a Maradona-esque style slalom run before finishing with aplomb. Just two of 371 highlights.
I'm sure the club thought that no-one would beat the record of Alcantara or Rodriguez when they achieved their massive hauls, but Messi has come along and changed the game. It is very unlikely that someone in the next 100 years will come along and break Messi's record, but it will be fun watching if anyone tries.
Now sat back, relax and enjoy all 371 of Lionel Messi's goals for Barcelona.