Messi just one goal away from equalling Barca record after club revise holder's total
08:29 GMT, 20 March 2012
Lionel Messi needs just one goal tonight to equal the Barcelona scoring record after all-time holder Cesar Rodriguez's total was revised to 232 from 235.
Barca's Documentation and Studies Centre and La Vanguardia newspaper conducted a joint study to verify the number of official goals scored by legend Rodriguez in the 1950s.
On target: Lionel Messi is set to break Barcelona's goal record
The study showed he had scored three less than previously thought meaning World Player of the Year Messi, who has 51 goals in all competitions so far this season, could overhaul the record when Barca host Granada in La Liga this evening.
The 24-year-old is in his eighth season with Barca.
'After studying all of Cesar's matches, it has been confirmed that Messi is only one goal behind,' a club statement read.
Gr-eight: Argentine superstar is closing in on Barcelona's record after just eight seasons with the club
Messi, in his eighth season with the Catalan giants, still has a long way to go before breaking the absolute club record held by Filipino-Spanish icon Paulino Alcantara – although the former Spain manager's haul, accumulated between 1912 and 1927 includes goals scored in friendlies.
The club added: 'It's worth noting that Cesar Rodriguez is the club's all-time top goalscorer in official matches, but the absolute record belongs to Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals in 357 official and friendly matches.'