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A brace against Valencia extended another outrageous Lionel Messi goal-scoring record


The greatest?

By now, Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring exploits should come as no surprise, but sometimes it’s difficult to stop your jaw from dropping.

The Barcelona forward’s brace against Valencia helped his side to a 4-2 victory in La Liga – standard stuff from one of the greatest players to have played the game.

But there was something else about this particular contribution that was special…

Yes, the double means the Argentinian forward has scored a minimum of 40 club goals for the eighth season running, a quite stunning record which, aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, nobody comes close to.

Messi has quite the record against Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, as this Barcelona video demonstrates.

And while the 40-goal statistic is mind-boggling, this one had us equally bamboozled.

For those asking, Ronaldo has scored a minimum of 40 club goals for six seasons in a row, but currently has just 26 for the season – does he have 14 more goals in him?

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