Messi sets scoring record

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Updated: March 21, 2012

Lionel Messi became Barcelona’s official all time record goalscorer on 234 goals as yet another hat-trick helped his side beat Granada 5-3 and cut Real Madrid’s La Liga lead to five points.

With his sixth league treble of the season, the Argentine World Player of the Year also set a Spanish record of 54 goals in all competitions with more than two months of the campaign remaining and overhauled Cristiano Ronaldo to top the La Liga scoring charts on 34 goals, two more than the Real forward.

Still only 24, Messi is well on the way to earning an unprecedented fourth straight World Player award and achieved his latest scoring feat after becoming the first man to net five goals in a Champions League match earlier this month.

Tuesday’s haul took his tally to an incredible 17 goals in his last seven games for his club.