26 Sep '11, 1am

Lionel Messi closing in on Laszlo Kubala's goal record of 194 for Barcelona, set in the 1950s

BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi is determined to keep breaking goal-scoring records at Barcelona after his 12th career hat-trick for the European and Spanish champions took him to 192 at the club. The 24-year-old Argentine magician hit his latest hat-trick in the 5-0 demolition of Atletico Madrid and is now just two behind Hungary's Laszlo Kubala who scored 194 in his career at the Camp Nou in the 1950s. Once he gets past that, the all-time club record of 235, set by Cesar Rodriguez betwen 1939 and 1955, will be easily within his sights. 'I'm pretty calm about it. I just take it a game at a time, but obviously I'm very excited about becoming top scorer,' Messi told fcbarcelona.com. 'Many years have gone by and it's still the same player (Kubala). Hopefully I can beat his stats. I want to continue breaking records here'.

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