Barcelona on Saturday reported in a post on their official website that their captain, Lionel Messi, has overtaken Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, to set a new goal record in the five biggest leagues in Europe after scoring against Real Sociedad.
On Saturday, the Catalan club beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in La Liga, thanks to Messi’s late penalty for sending them back to the top of La Liga table.
Messi’s strike against Sociedad means that in his 474th La Liga appearance, the Argentine captain now has 438 goals.
The 32-year-old now has a goal ahead of Ronaldo, who has scored 437 times for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus in 540 matches.
Messi is now the top scorer in the five major European leagues (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1).
Messi led the table until 25 January, when he was overtaken by Ronaldo with a goal against Napoli.
Six weeks later, Messi leads the way again.
Messi and Ronaldo have been the most prolific scorers in Europe of all time.
The duo has been regularly competing with each other for individual honours.
Messi has won six Ballon d’Ors, and Ronaldo has won five.