Breaking a record that had stood for thousands of years is seemingly a weekly occurrence for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who became La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer with a hat-trick against Sevilla last time out.
The diminutive Argentine surpassed the benchmark set by Telmo Zarra with his match-ball winning performance, which had remained intact for a staggering 59 years.
Understandably, the World Wide Web has been awash with information about the 253 goals he bagged to raise the bar, but at 27, he has got plenty more nets left to rustle.
Instead of dwelling on previous achievements, we’ve decided to forecast what the great man will finish on, assuming his scoring rate remains the same for the next seven years.
The figures are based on his involvement in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League, as well as with Argentina, continuing at the current pace until he’s 35.
Considering he averages between 55 and 56 games per season at present, maintaining this standard seems most unlikely.
But given all the trees he has uprooted over the years, Messi hitting this number is nowhere near beyond the realms of possibility.
Football’s finest practitioner is 5/2 to add to this by scoring first when Barca tackle APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League this week.