The Barcelona forward has now netted against every current top-flight side in Spain after ending his personal curse against Las Palmas
Lionel Messi has now scored against every current La Liga side after breaking his duck against Las Palmas on Saturday.
The Barcelona star now has goals against all 20 top-flight teams in Spain, having previously been denied by Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas from the penalty spot as he looked to set a personal record.
Messi’s second-half strike in the 5-0 victory also means he has scored against 35 different La Liga opponents since making his Barcelona debut in October 2004.
The statistic is one that rival Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to achieve. The Real Madrid forward currently has goals against 19 of the clubs in this season’s top-flight, having played newly promoted side Leganes just once so far.
Ronaldo can make it 20 from 20 in April when Zinedine Zidane’s side visit Estadio Municipal de Butarque. When the two sides met in November, Ronaldo was booked while Gareth Bale took the plaudits with two goals in the 3-0 victory.
Despite the impressive statistic of netting against 35 different sides, there are still three clubs that held Messi at bay – Xerez, Murcia and Cadiz. None of these currently play in the top-flight of Spanish football, so they would need to win promotion back to La Liga for Messi to add those to his list of conquests.
The 29-year-old is currently the top scorer in La Liga with 13 goals this season, just one more than team-mate Luis Suarez, and two ahead of Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Ronaldo.