"Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league scoring record to 18 straight games with a brace in Barcelona's 3-1 win over visiting Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, making sure the leader avoided a letdown after its historic Champions League comeback against AC Milan."BBC:
When Messi scored in his 17th successive La Liga game, he broke a world record which has stood since the 1930s, according to his club Barcelona.
The 25-year-old came off the bench to register his 40th league goal of the season for Barca in the 88th minute of their 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
The world player of the year chipped in for his 27th goal in 17 matches.
Barca said Messi had beaten Pole Teodor Pewterek's 1937-38 record of scoring in 16 straight games for Ruch Chorzow.
"The Argentine player's tally represents a new record in the history of football, something no other player has achieved before," the Spanish club said on their website.
The four-time world player of the year scored 50 goals in the league last season to shatter a milestone that Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo had left at 41 the year before. He now has 10 more games to shoot for his own mark.
Messi has now scored 52 goals in all competitions this season, including five in the Champions League.
Messi's ten best records so far:
10. Most La Liga Hat-Tricks in a Season (8)
9. Champions League Top Scorer Four Years in a Row
8. Tied Most Goals Scored for Argentina in One Year (12)
7. Tied Most Goals Scored in El Clasico (18)
6. Most Goals Scored in a La Liga Season (50)
5. Most Goals in a Club Season (73)
4. Barcelona's Top Goalscorer in All Competitions (308)
3. Scoring in the Most Consecutive League Matches (18)
2. Four-Time Winner of the FIFA Ballon D'Or
1. World Record for Most Goals Scored in One Year (91)