Messi outwit Osasuna' s Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam (L) and midfielder Alvaro Cejudo Carmona (C) enroute to scoring the historic goal
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has created yet another record by becoming the first player in Spanish football history to score 50 goals in a single season.The 23-year-old etched his name in the record books on Saturday evening in round 32 of La Liga against Osasuna at Camp Nou when he scored in the 86th minute after coming on as a second half substitute.
The Argentine bagged his landmark goal when he raced onto a through ball from Dani Alves in between two defenders before slotting the ball under opposition goalkeeper Ricardo.
This is the first time in the history of Spanish football that a player has scored 50 or more goals in a single season. On April 12 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Barca's second-leg Champions League quarter-final tie in Ukraine, Messi scored his 48th goal of the 2010-11 campaign to equal a Spanish record set by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra in 1950-51 and overtook Ferenc Puskas (Real Madrid) and Ronaldo’s (Barcelona) tally of 47 goals in 1959-60 and 1996-97 respectively.
Last Saturday against Real Madrid in La Liga's Clasico, Messi netted his 49th of the season when he slotted a penalty past Iker Casillas in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
However, the Argentina international, who won the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, is not the first player to score 50 or more goals in a single European season. Here is the list of players who have achieved this feat.