Lionel Messi has established himself as the greatest goal scorer in the history of La Liga.
In Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Real Valladolid, Messi notched his 91st goal of the season, extending his single-season goal-scoring record.
Messi broke Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record, as the German great scored 85 goals and held the record before Messi assaulted the record in 2012 (h/t Fox Sports).
With his 91 goals this season, it's hard to think that anyone will ever break the amazing scoring mark.
Besides his 91 goals, Messi boasted a 1.3 goals-per-match mark, which is just incredible in itself.
A Barcelona Twitter fan page highlighted Messi's incredible season:
barcastuff (@barcastuff) December 23, 2012
At the mere age of 25, Messi has hardly even hit his stride in this wonderful game.
If he's dominating the competition and the record books at the young age of 25, imagine what he can do over the next 10 years in the game of soccer.
When you think of soccer greats, Pele immediately comes to mind—yet Messi shattered his record.
Pele scored 75 goals in 1958 (h/t Fox Sports), and Messi's 16-goal difference is just completely monumental.
Never has the game of soccer seen such an efficient and smooth scorer.
The Flea possesses impeccable ball skills to combine with dangerous speed, giving him the luxury of dominating the midfield and getting near the box to create goal-scoring opportunities.
If you've had the chance to watch Messi dominate opposing defenders this season, I think you'll agree with me that Messi's record will be near impossible to break.
The only way I see that record being broken is if it's extended by the great himself, Lionel Messi.
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