Messi first ever to score 400 La Liga goals

Lionel Messi became the first-ever player to reach 400 goals in La Liga as he scored in Barcelona’s game against Eibar at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Messi, 31, has now scored eight goals in his last five league games, including a double against Espanyol and a hat-trick against Levante.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring against Eibar with a nicely taken finish after good work from Philippe Coutinho, who was making his first start in the league since Dec. 2.

Messi doubled his side’s lead on 53 minutes as he reached another personal milestone. The Argentine received Suarez’s lay off, before taking a touch to open up some space and firing low into the corner.

And six minutes later, Sergi Roberto took a quick throw-in to play in Suarez who delicately curled the ball past Riesgo with the outside of his foot.

In total, Messi has now netted 25 goals in just 23 appearances in all competitions this season, including 17 in the league.

Messi has been La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer since November 2014, when he overtook Telmo Zarra at the top of the rankings. Former Athletic Bilbao striker Zarra had held the record since the 1950s with 251 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo has since passed Zarra, too. The Portugal international scored 311 top-flight goals for Real Madrid before leaving for Juventus last summer.

Mexican forward Hugo Sanchez (234 goals) and Madrid legend Raul (228 goals) complete the top five.

Messi has been Barca’s top scorer in all competitions for a number of years. After his goal against Eibar, his tally stands at 575, ahead of Cesar (232 goals) and Laszlo Kubala (194 goals).