Messi takes records in his stride

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi claims he is not about to get carried away with his achievement after equaling Ladislao Kubala in the club's goalscoring charts.

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Messi netted a brace in Barca's 5-0 UEFA Champions League win over BATE Borisov on Wednesday to reach 194 goals for the Catalans. A remarkable feat considering the Budapest-born attacker brought up his tally over a12 year spell at the Nou Camp while Messi made his debut for the Barca first team back in November 2003.

"I am very satisfied that I have equalled someone who has been so important for this club in the past. I am really happy," Messi told Marca.

"I knew that I could equal Kubala, but I didn't think about it before the match. I just want to do a good job and help the team."

At only 24-years of age, Messi just needs another 42 goals to beat Cesar Rodriguez's tally of 235 to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer.

"It would be great if I break the all-time record, but I'm not getting carried and I'm staying relaxed," he said.

Messi Moments

Lionel Messi's equaling of Ladislao Kubala's record is just the latest in a long line for the Argentinean, some of which has been recognised by the club's official website:

  • Leading scorer in a single season: Last season, Messi chalked up 53 goals in official games- 31 in the league, 12 in the Champions League, 7 in the Spanish Cup and 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, making him, together with Cristiano Ronaldo, the player to have scored most goals in a single season.
  • Club's leading scorer in the league: The season before, Messi scored a massive 34 goals in 35 league games, equalling Ronaldo's Club record from the 1996/97 season.
  • Leading scorer in the Champions League: Messi has been the highest scorer in the last three editions of the Champions League - something which only Müller and Papin had achieved previously. His 12 goals in the last campaign matched Ruud van Nistelrooy's record set in the 2002/03 season.
  • Leading scorer in the Spanish Super Cup: At the very start of this season, Messi set a new record with his three goals in the Spanish Super Cup to become the competition's leading scorer with a total of 8 goals.
  • In the 2009/10 season he became the only player to have ever won the Fifa World Player of the Year Award, the Spanish League's leading scorer award, The Golden Boot and the European Footballer of the Year Award in the same season.
  • Two European Player of the Year Awards: Messi became the youngest ever player to receive the Award in consecutive seasons, when he picked it up in 2010.

Messi's coach Pep Guardiola, a former Barca player and lifelong fan, was full of praise for his star player who is set to become a legend of one of Europe's most famous clubs.

He told reporters directly after Wednesday's thumping of BATE: "If Messi has reached the figure he has at 24 [going level with László Kubala in second on Barcelona's all-time list with 194 competitive goals for the club], imagine what he has left to achieve? 

"When he passes César Rodríguez [No1 on the list with 235 goals] I hope he doesn't consider retiring. I never saw Kubala play but I know that on the basis of reputations like his, the Camp Nou was built because [former ground] Les Corts was considered too small - that says everything."

Barca travel to Sporting Gijon on Sunday in La Liga.

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