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Lionel Messi is 3 goals away from being the Spanish league's all-time scoring leader

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, is faced by a wall of PSG defenders during the Champions League soccer match between PSG and Barcelona, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, is faced by a wall of PSG defenders during the Champions League soccer match between PSG and Barcelona, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, challenges for the ball with PSG's Blaise Matuidi, down, during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, challenges for the ball with PSG's Blaise Matuidi, down, during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 10, is congratulated by teammates, Neymar, left, and Jordi Alba, right, during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 10, is congratulated by teammates, Neymar, left, and Jordi Alba, right, during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Paris Saint German and Barcelona at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

Lionel Messi is three goals away from equaling the Spanish league's all-time scoring record, a milestone that has stood untouched for almost 60 years.

The Barcelona forward says "right now I am not thinking about the record ... it will come when it is supposed to."

Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra scored 251 goals in 271 games from 1940-55.

Since netting his first goal for Barcelona in 2005, Messi has scored 248 goals in league play. Saturday's match at Rayo Vallecano will be his 284th league appearance.

Messi is also racing Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to reach Raul Gonzalez's Champions League record of 71 goals. Messi has 68 while Ronaldo has 69, not counting another goal scored in the qualifying rounds.