Lionel Messi becomes first player to score 400 goals in La Liga

Messi's 400 La Liga goals 'just incredible' - Barca coach Valverde Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Barcelona, Spain Jan 14, 2019, 11.07 AM (IST)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi added another feather in his illustrious cap by becoming the first player to score 400 goals in La Liga when he netted against Eibar on Sunday.

The Argentine, who has been the competition's all-time top scorer since 2014, struck the second goal of a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp early in the second half.

Messi, who is also the club's all-time top scorer, was given a fittingly ecstatic reception by the Barca fans.

"Obviously, we have to be very proud of Messi because every week he demonstrates how good he is and continues to make history with the club," said Luis Suarez, who scored Barca's other two goals in a win that kept them five points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi, named Barca captain at the start of this season, was making his 435th La Liga appearance for the club, having made his league debut in 2004.

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The Argentine, who has been the competition's all-time top scorer since 2014, struck the second goal of a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp early in the second half.