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Messi surpasses Ronaldo's European scoring feat

Lionel Messi surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo's European scoring feat with goal vs Real Sociedad

March 7, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Argentine superstar landed yet another record with his game-winner for the Catalans on Saturday.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo's European scoring record with his goal against Real Sociedad on Saturday. The 32-year-old striker bagged his side's only goal in the 1-0 win at Camp Nou to become the all-time top-scorer in the top five European leagues.

Following last weekend's El Clasico disappointment, Barca was poised to make amends as soon as possible with their crucial test with Napoli in the UEFA Champions League also around the corner. However, the opponent the Blaugrana came up against proved to be as compact as possible and the former only managed to get the better of the visitors by earning a spot-kick at the latter end of the proceeding.

Once again, the Video Assistant Referee was at the centre of a controversy after awarding a penalty in favor of Barcelona having reviewed a handball incident involving Sociedad's Le Normand. Messi subsequently buried the spot-kick to hand the Blaugrana a late lead while simultaneously entering the record books.

Ahead of the evening's match-up, Messi was tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time top-scorers in the top five European leagues. Both players boasted 438 goals apiece although the Portuguese superstar reached the milestone after 540 appearances while the Argentine achieved the feat after 474 matches.

Furthermore, Messi moved to third place on La Liga's list of players with the most penalty goals in history. Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with 61 goals and is followed by legendary Real Madrid player Hugo Sanchez with 56.

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