Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward will leave 'unreachable' record

Lionel Messi
Barcelona are the only senior club Lionel Messi has played for

Lionel Messi's Spanish goalscoring record will never be beaten, according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

Telmo Zarra's 251 goals had been the record since 1955 but Messi, 27, is now up to 253 La Liga strikes following Saturday's hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Sevilla.

"He's a unique player - there'll never be anyone like him and we're lucky to enjoy his presence here," Enrique said.

"I think he will leave the record unreachable for anyone else."

Enrique added: "Zarra beat it in an age when there were more forwards than defenders."

The next highest La Liga scorer still playing is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with 197, although he is two years older than Argentina forward Messi.

Messi's records
La Liga top scorer: 253Barcelona's top goalscorer: 368
Champions League top scorer: 71 (joint with Raul)Most goals in a La Liga season: 50
Most goals in a season: 73Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in: 21
Most Ballon d'Ors: 4Most goals in a single European Cup game: 5 (joint with Luiz Adriano)
Most European Cup top scorer awards: 4 (with Gerd Muller)Most goals in Clasicos: 21
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8Most goals in Club World Cup: 4 (held jointly with Denilson)
Most goals in a calendar year: 91

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