Lionel Messi sets new record with 72 goals in a season, celebrates with hug for Pep

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Lionel Messi scored all four goals in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Espanyol because, well, that's just what he does. His fourth goal marked his 50th La Liga goal of the season and 72nd in all competitions -- a new record, surpassing the 70 Archie Stark scored for Bethlehem Steel in 1924/25.

After putting away the penalty, Messi jogged over to outgoing manager Pep Guardiola to give him a hug, which quickly became a team embrace.

As impressive as Messi's goal total is, he still has time to add more. Barca have one more La Liga match left, plus the Copa del Rey final against Athletic. So, how about 100?

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