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Messi equals Spanish league's all-time scoring record with his 251st goal

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, second right, from Argentina, celebrates scoring with his teammates Xavi Hernandez, center, and Neymar, from Brazil, right, against Sevilla during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, second right, from Argentina, celebrates scoring with his teammates Xavi Hernandez, center, and Neymar, from Brazil, right, against Sevilla during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball against Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak, center, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, duels for the ball against Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak, center, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Lionel Messi has equaled the Spanish league's all-time scoring record with 251 goals after scoring for Barcelona against Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi curled home an elegant free kick to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute at Camp Nou Stadium.

Messi's latest scoring feat comes after he equaled Raul Gonzalez as the Champions League all-time scorer with 71 goals earlier this month.

Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra set the Liga milestone in 271 games from 1940-55.

The 27-year-old Messi needed 289 games to reach the same mark that had gone untouched for nearly 60 years.

Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading scorer with 364 goals.