When you’re Lionel Messi, you don’t just tie a venerated, 60-year-old record. You tie it with a sweet free kick in the first half, then break the record in the second half, throwing in yet another goal just to complete the hat trick. Oh, and you do it against one of your tougher opponents.
The Barcelona superstar showed again Saturday why so many regard him as the finest soccer player in the world, as his side trounced Sevilla, 5-1. Barcelona remained in second place in La Liga, behind Real Madrid, while Sevilla remained in fifth.
But the story was Messi, who topped Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra’s mark of 251 goals all time in La Liga play, set from 1940 to 1955. Messi tied the record on this superb free kick: