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Messi scores 50th goal of the season logo 06-05-2017

Lionel Messi has become the first player in Europe's top five leagues to score 50 goals this season after netting against Villarreal.

The Barcelona attacker netted his side's second just before half-time, taking his La Liga tally to 34 goals for the current campaign.

Messi also has 11 goals in the Champions League, one more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and is the competition's current top scorer.

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It is the fifth time in the last 10 seasons that the Argentine has surpassed 50 goals in all competitions, having set a personal best in 2011-12 when he netted an astonishing 73 goals in 60 apperances.

Messi's 50th this season arrives in his 49th game, with four of his goals coming in Barcelona's journey to the Copa del Rey final. Luis Enrique's side take on Alaves in the final on Saturday, May 27.

As well as his own 50th goal, Messi was involved in another landmark during the game, following up Neymar's opener to help the Barcelona frontline of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar reach 100 goals this season.

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Neymar has scored 16 times for Barcelona this season, while Suarez contributed 34 goals to help the trio reach 100 goals between them.

With just two weeks left in the current La Liga campaign, Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling it out for the title, where Madrid have a game in hand in an extremely tight title race.

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