Leo Messi‘s spectacular hat-trick against Osasuna made him the top scorer of all time in a Barcelona shirt, having passed Paulo Alcántara, who scored 369. After the game, Messi stressed that he will stay at Camp Nou “as long as fans want him to”.
Messi got his first goal in the 18th minute, and in the second half went on to complete his hat trick with two great goals. He finished off what for him had been a terrific game with an assist for Pedro to make the score 7-0, which is how the game ended.
At the age of 26, Messi has hit 230 goals in the league and has now overtaken the Philippine legend who until now was the leading Barcelona scorer in both official and friendly games.
Messi achieved his record total while playing against one of his favourite victims, for Osasuna have conceded 19 goals from the Argentine – one fewer than his favourite opponents, Atlético de Madrid, who have conceded a grand total of 20.
Leo Messi was the main man in the match between Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou. He scored a hat trick and had a great game. After the match, he spoke on the TV station ‘TV3’ with the idea of squashing the rumours about him being unhappy over the business of his contract negotiations with the club.
“As long as people want me to, I’ll stay at Barcelona. My intention is to be here till I retire, as I am happy here”, said Messi, now thinking ahead to Barcelona’s next league game, against Real Madrid. Both Sandro Rosell and Josep María Bartomeu have already stated publicly that the club’s intention is for Messi to stay with Barcelona until the end of his playing days.
During the past week, Messi had scored against Manchester City in the second leg of the Round of 16 Champions League tie, which Barcelona won 2-1, and is thus in great form for Barça’s next league game, which is against Real Madrid.
Messi also said after the match that he was pleased about the Barcelona goalscoring record he had just broken. “This is something very impressive. It’s great to become a part of my club’s history. Today I have set this record and I am very happy. I feel fine, as I said that bit by bit I would get over my injury. There have been some hard times as I got a few injuries one after another. I hope I can keep up this level till the end of the season. I am one hundred per cent recovered”, he said.
About the ‘Clásico’, he said “A very tricky game because of the opposition, as they will be coming into the game full of confidence. We shall be trying our best to win this one”. He is quite definite about the future. “With my goals I try to return the affection the fans give me. My intention is to be here till I retire”.
Alcántara, whose long time record was beaten by Messi yesterday, was born in Phillipines on 7th October 1896, and scored 369 goals for Barcelona – 142 in official games and 227 in friendlies, over a total of 357 games, and winning five Spanish and ten Catalonian championships between 1912 and 1927.