'Monstrous' Messi reaches 400 LaLiga goals
Posted: 14 January 2019 Time: 10:00
FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has become the first player in LaLiga history to reach the 400-goal landmark.
Messi drove the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by Luis Suarez, who added two goals to his own tally either side of the Argentinian marking another historic record at the Camp Nou.
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"It's monstrous," said Valverde, after the 3-0 victory. "It's easy to say but you have to score them one after the other, it's a long-term job.
"His numbers are stratospheric, incredible. He is from another galaxy."
Messi extended his own hefty lead as the division's all-time top scorer, which currently stands at 89 goals, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 31-year-old is only the second player reach the milestone across Europe's top five leagues, following Ronaldo whose 409 league goals in 507 games have been scored in England, Spain and Italy.
Ronaldo, now at Juventus, does, however, hold a better goals-to-games ratio in Spain, with his 311 goals coming in 292 matches as Messi's quadruple century arrived in his 435 appearances.