Lionel Messi on the brink of breaking Barcelona goal record looks ahead to a potentially historic night for Lionel Messi as Barcelona face Granada on Tuesday night

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Lionel Messi also won the Ballon d'Or in 2011 for the third straight year Photo: The Sport Review

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Messi set to become Barca’s record goal scorer

It goes without saying that Lionel Messi is a phenomenon but it will truly be one more remarkable achievement if, and realistically when, he scores against Granada on Tuesday.

The Argentine sensation will equal the Barcelona club record when he strikes his 232nd competitive goal and matches Cesar Rodriguez’s tally from the 1940s and 1950s.

After a discrepancy in the record books, an enquiry was called for and Cesar’s total was reduced from 235 – but regardless, Messi capturing that honour was inevitable, and merely a matter of time.

Messi has achieved this momentous feat in eight years of first-team action and still at the age of 24, the triple Ballon d’Or winner could well double that total.

Unlike some other previously prolific South American superstars, it’s well documented Messi enjoys practising a healthy lifestyle and his dedication could well mean he continues turning on the style for at least another decade.

Having already racked up 51 goals this season, the extent to what Messi could achieve in his career is unthinkable, so sit back, tune in and enjoy watching the greatest player the world has ever seen playing in his prime and smashing every record that crosses his path.

Berbatov will leave behind conflicting legacy in Premier League

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has revealed the Manchester United striker will be off in the summer with Serie A, the Bundesliga or La Liga his destination.

But it will be disappointing to see the former Bulgarian international leave, especially because he’s never really been given a proper chance at Old Trafford.

He was joint top Premier League scorer last season with 20 goals, and that was without taking penalties and finding himself parked on the bench for the final third of the season.

But the fact is he slows United’s attacks down and he is pretty much ineffective against top quality defences.

His departure is probably the best way to go for everyone because a man of his sublime talents needs to be playing regularly.

The majority of United fans think his performance are too often lacklustre but some will never forget his outrageous moments of skill, vision and deadly precision.

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