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Lionel Messi equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s La Liga scoring record

The Barcelona forward has joined the Portuguese as the only players to net 40 goals in three different seasons.

Barcelona are within a whisker of winning the La Liga title, with Luis Enrique’s men two points ahead of perennial rivals Real Madrid with three games of the campaign remaining.

Lionel Messi has been a critical member of the Camp Nou side once more, especially in the second half of the season, with the mercurial Argentine the Blaugrana’s attacking talisman.

Barcelona put sorry Cordoba to the sword at the weekend, winning 8-0 away from home, with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner getting on the scoresheet twice.

These strikes took Messi to 40 goals for the La Liga season and put him in the history books for yet another record.

The Barcelona star is one of only two players to ever score 40 league goals on three separate occasions.

Messi netted an astounding 50 La Liga goals in 2011-12 and 46 in 2012-13.

The only other player to achieve 40 goals in La Liga is Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the race for the Pichichi this season with 42 strikes.

The former Manchester United attacker also reach the landmark in 2010-11 with 40 goals and he struck 46 times in 2011-12.

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