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Messi breaks Barcelona scoring record

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi netted a hat trick in the 7-0 rout of Osasuna to overtake Paulino Alcantara's record as the highest goalscorer in Barcelona history, with the Argentine now on 371 goals in all competitions.

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Paulino's record had stood for 87 years, as the Philippines-born striker netted 369 goals in 357 official and friendly matches as a Barca player between 1912 and 1927.

Messi, still only 26, overtook the record in 95 more games but is likely to set a much higher mark over the rest of his Barca career. His next task is to take on the all-time clasico goalscoring record -- which stands at 19 by Alfredo Di Stefano; one more than Messi's 18 -- and could be broken next weekend when Barcelona take on Real Madrid.

He is also targeting the all-time Champions League goalscoring record which stands at 71 from Raul Gonzalez; Messi has 67 currently.

The Argentina international took to Instagram after Sunday's game to thank the Barca fans for their support, posting a picture of himself wearing the same suit he donned for the Ballon d'Or ceremony earlier this year.

A number of Messi's Barcelona teammates took to Twitter after the victory to congratulate him on his achievement.

Javier Mascherano wrote: "Congratulations Leo Messi. Top scorer in the history of FC.Barcelona. Awesome!!"

"Great team! Photo with Leo, top scorer in the history of #Barca #371 Huge!" Jordi Alba posted.

Cristian Tello added: "7-0 against Osasuna, I’m happy to help the team. Congratulations Leo for being the top scorer in the history of the club!"