By G9ija

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is one goal away to reach 400 Spanish League goals for Barcelona after scoring the opener in their 2-1 over Getafe on Sunday.

With one more goal, the five time Ballon d’Or winner will become the first player to score 400 La Liga goals – one of the seven stars to have reached the milestone in top European Leagues. Others who have reached 400 goals in the European elite leagues are Imre Schlosser, Jimmy McGrory, Cristiano and Uwe Seeler but still with a way to go to match the only two players who have managed to hit 500 league goals – Josep Bican and Ferenc Puskás.

Meanwhile, last night’s victory pushed the Camp Nou side to five points clear of Atletico Madrid, who have 35 points from 18 matches.  Messi spent his Christmas holiday with his family back home in Rosario and on his return to the club, scored a goal.The Argentine has 88 goals more than Cristiano Ronaldo who is now scoring freely himself in Serie A. The only other players still active in LaLiga in the top 30 are Aduriz (155) and Karim Benzema (132).

So far this season, Messi has scored 20 goals and 10 assists in 20 appearances for Barcelona, and has a chance to score more with 18 more league games to go.

Lionel Messi netted the opener as Barcelona claimed a 2-1 over Getafe in a tough La Liga showdown on Sunday, January 6, 2019. The encounter at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez .lived up to its billing as both sides gave a good account of themselves for the entire duration of the game. Messi scored after 29 minute to put Barcelona in the front foot before Luis Suarez doubled the advantage in the 39th minute.  Two minutes to the end of the first half, Jaime Mata pulled one back for the hosts but it wasn’t enough to rescue them from defeat.