LA LIGA | BARCELONA - ESPANYOL | MESSI
Messi becomes Catalan derby's all-time top scorer
Argentinean's hat-trick against Espanyol takes his tally past legendary forward César in the history of the fixture.
After being rested for the midweek Copa del Rey clash against Huesca, Leo Messi wrote another page in his personal history at Barcelona on Sunday night. Against city rivals Espanyol, the Argentinean dynamo scored his 400th, 401st and 402nd goals for Barça in all competitions (including non-competitive matches) and also beat legendary forward César Rodríguez's mark in Catalan derbies: Messi is now the highest goalscorer in the history of the fixture.
The records keep tumbling for the Barça number 10. A few weeks ago, against Sevilla, he beat Telmo Zarra's record for the most league goals scored with another hat-trick and last month, he became the leading all-time scorer in the Champions League when he put two past Apoel, taking his tally to 74.
Messi's duel with Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish league is an epic one. Since Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid in 2009, the Portuguese has played 178 league matches and scored 200 goals. In the same period, Messi has played 182 matches and found the net on 201 occasions.