Messi Closes In On Ronaldo’s European Record
The Argentine netted his side’s opener in their 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, scoring his 361st La Liga goal in the process.
In so doing, Messi moved closer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-time record as the top goalscorer ever in Europe’s top five leagues.
The Portuguese, who has netted only one league goal so far this season, sits on 370 strikes overall – just nine ahead of Messi. Ronaldo scored 84 of his strikes for Manchester United, and has added another 286 strikes since joining Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old broke previous record holder Jimmy Greaves massive milestone back in May, but his slow start to the 2016/17 campaign, for which he was suspended during the first four games, has seen Messi closing in on his all-time record.
Greaves currently sits in second place after retiring with 366 league goals, just one more than Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller. Messi is fourth in the ranking but has closed the gap on Muller to just four strikes, and now sits only nine goals behind Ronaldo.
Overall, the 30-year-old has already scored 12 goals in just 10 La Liga games this season.
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