Messi equals Barca all-time scoring record

Lionel Messi, pictured on March 17

Lionel Messi equalled Barcelona’s all-time scoring record, held by the legendary Cesar Rodriguez, when he scored his 232nd goal for the Liga giants on Tuesday.

Argentina international Messi hit the fabled target when he scored Barcelona’s second goal of the night against Granada in a league match which began at 2000 GMT.

Previously, Cesar was believed to have scored 235 goals for Barcelona.

But “a study has revealed that the legendary Cesar Rodriguez in fact scored 232 goals, or just one more than the Argentinian, who could equal or beat that score against Granada,” Barcelona said earlier Tuesday on their website.

Cesar played in the 1940s and 1950s and died in 1995 at the age of 74.

A Barcelona win against Granada would take them to within five points of Madrid, with the league leaders playing away at Villarreal on Wednesday.

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