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Lionel Messi scores 400th Liga goal for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his 400th Liga goal for Barcelona on Sunday in a 3-0 home victory over Eibar that maintained the reigning champions five-point lead at the top of the table.

Messi bagged Barcelona’s second goal shortly after half-time to hit the 400 mark in only his 435th league match, giving him a remarkable scoring ratio of 0.91. Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid for Juventus last summer, is second in the all-time Liga scoring records with 311 goals.

In all competitions, Messi has scored 575 goals in 658 appearances for Barcelona.

“He is from another galaxy,” his coach Ernesto Valverde said. “They are incredible numbers. But he does much more than score goals, he also does so much to generate scoring chances for others.”

Barcelona’s all-time top scorer reached the landmark in the 53rd minute when Luis Suárez passed to him inside Eibar’s area. Messi opened an angle around a defender and drilled in a low left-foot shot.

“He should be proud,” said Suárez, who scored Barcelona’s other two goals. “Game after game he shows what a great player he is. I am happy for him and for the history that he is writing for this club.”

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