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Messi becomes 1st footballer to hit the 1000th mark in his 16-year career, even Ronaldo is far from it

- Lionel Messi has continued to set the record straight that he is the greatest footballer of all time

- The Barcelona captain became the first player in history to contribute 1000 goals in his 16-year career

- Messi scored four goals against Eibar including a first half hat-trick in their 5-0 win at the Camp Nou

Lionel Messi's four goals against Eibar made him the first player in history to be involved in 1000 goals for club and country.

The 32-year-old scored three goals in 20 minutes as Barcelona tore apart their opponents in the front of their home fans at the Camp Nou.

Messi who failed to find the back of the net in four matches scored four goals in the 5-0 demolition of Jose Luis Mendilibar's men.

He began the onslaught in the 14th as he put the ball through the legs of a defender before chipping the ball past the goalkeeper.

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The Argentine completed his brace to and recorded a first half hat-trick before scoring his fourth in the match with three minutes left to play.

His hat-trick in La Liga in now 36, two ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo who left Real Madrid for Juventus two seasons ago.

In total, Messi has provided eight assists to La Blaugrana's last nine goals which has helped them move back to the top of the league standings.

As a result, Messi is now the first player in history to have a hand in 1000 goals - which means he either scoring or making the assists for his teammates.

The Barcelona number 10 has now registered 696 goals and assisted 306 times for his club and the Argentine national team across his 16-year career.

Having three or four active more years to play, Messi is likely to even extend his magnificent trend to an unbeatable level of the sport.

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Messi won his sixth Ballon d'Or as he continues his search for a fifth Champions League title and his first as Barca captain.

He is yet to lift a trophy for his native country and has got close on two occasions, losing the Copa America finals to Chile twice within the space of two years.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Eden Hazard is officially out of Real Madrid's Champions League tie with Man City at the Santiago Bernabeu in midweek.

The Belgian winger was substituted during Los Blancos' 1-0 loss to Levante after returning from a three-month injury.

The 28-year-old was brought down by a Levante player while trying to defend for Real as he struggled to get back on his feet and limped all through the match before he was subbed off for Vinicius Junior.

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