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IN NUMBERS: Messi – The Record Breaker

Lionel Messi had another wonderful evening in La Liga as his hat-trick helped Barcelona to record a 5-0 win over Levante.

It took Messi to within two goals of Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga – the Real Madrid forward has 28 to Messi’s 26 – and took his tally for 2015 to a remarkable 11 goals and six assists in just seven Liga games.

23 – La Liga hat-tricks, joint with Cristiano Ronaldo.

31 – Hat-tricks in all competitions for a Spanish club, joint with Telmo Zarra.

106 – Assists in La Liga, beating Luis Figo’s 105 which was the previous best mark since records began.

10th – Highest scorer in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.

37 – Goals in all competitions this season, while Ronaldo ‘only’ has 36.

39 – Total goals and assists in La Liga this season, while Ronaldo ‘only’ has 38.

300 – La Liga games for Barcelona.

348 – Goals in the 348 games Messi has played since June 2008, when Pep Guardiola took over Barcelona.

500 – Goals and assists combined for Barcelona in all matches, including friendlies, which finished on 503 after his hat-trick.

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