Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 5-1 win over Deportivo Alaves at the Camp Nou as the Argentine equalled Cristiano Ronaldo 573 goals in open play.
The Juventus striker might be the highest goalscorer in the history of football but Messi’s brace upon the visiting side matched the Portuguese’s achievement.
The 33-year-old delivered a five-star display and he was also instrumental when he came in as a substitute in Barca’s 3-2 win over Real Betis.
According to recent statistics, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is now at par with his fiercest rival in terms of goals scored from open play.
Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net when Juve lost 1-0 to Napoli in a Serie A clash played at the Estadio Diego Maradona stadium over the weekend.
However, the 36-year is having a fantastic season as he has already scored around 25 goals in all competitions this campaign in almost the same number of games he has played.
Barcelona are currently in third position behind Real Madrid in La Liga and the possibility of Messi landing his first trophy as captain is slim.