Messi sets goalscoring record

The Argentine forward needed one goal to go level on 251 goals with former Athletic Bilbao Telmo Zarra, whose record goal tally has stood for almost 60 years.??

But Messi has set a new record mark of 253 goals courtesy of his hat-trick ??? a figure he has reached in 289 matches for Barcelona.

The Rosario-born attacker joined Barcelona at the age of 13 and graduated through the Catalan club???s youth ranks before making his senior debut in 2004 at the age of 17.

Messi opened the scoring against Sevilla with a sensational free-kick but his strike was cancelled out by Jordi Alba’s own goal at the start of the second half.

Neymar headed Barca back in front moments later, then Ivan Rakitic extended Barca’s lead before Messi broke the scoring record after an awesome combination with Neymar, and then the Argentinian struck again to complete his treble.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid strolled to a 4-0 win over Eibar.

James Rodriguez gave Real a lead which was added to just before half-time by Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema made it 3-0 with 20 minutes left and Ronaldo’s penalty rounded off a comfortable success and took him to 25 goals for the season, 20 in La Liga.

Diego Simeone had implored Atletico Madrid to treat the visit of Malaga as a cup final and his players responded with the kind of clinical performance that has brought multiple trophies to the club in recent seasons.

The Primera Division champions earned a 3-1 victory over a team who were charging up the table before the international break, courtesy of goals from Tiago, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin.

Roque Santa Cruz had clipped Atletico’s lead to 2-1 midway through the second half, but the dismissal of Samu soon afterwards left them hampered. Once the two-goal margin was restored by Godin’s header, Atletico were able to absorb the late sending-off of Gabi.

David Moyes began his spell in charge of Real Sociedad with a hard-fought, albeit dull goalless draw with Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor.