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Valverde hails Messi as Barca star becomes first to score 400 La Liga goals

Messi hit his quadruple century in the 53rd minute of Barca's win over Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as the division's all-time top scorer

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Lionel Messi's total of 400 goals is "monstrous", according to coach Ernesto Valverde, who described his Argentine superstar as belonging to "another galaxy".

hit his quadruple century in the 53rd minute of Barca's win over Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as the division's all-time top scorer.

He collected the ball off and drove it into the bottom corner at the Camp Nou to reach the historic landmark after 435 matches.

Barca went on to win the game 3-0, with Suarez twice on target.

"It's monstrous," said Valverde, after the match. "It's easy to say but you have to score them one after the other, it's a long-term job.

"is an extraordinary player because he is not only a scorer. It's everything that he creates around him too.

He added: "His numbers are stratospheric, incredible. He is from another galaxy."

has finished top scorer in five times. He has 17 goals already this season.

It is 14 years since Messi scored his first goal and the 31-year-old Argentine has gone on to build an enormous lead at the top of the league's all-time scoring chart.

remains the second highest scorer with 311 goals in 292 games while Spain's Telmo Zarra is third with 251 goals in 278 games.

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 09:25 IST