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Messi Becomes 1st Player Since 1972-73 to Score 60

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring Barcelona's 3rd goal during the La Liga match between Real Zaragoza and FC Barcelona at La Romareda on April 7, 2012 in Zaragoza, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s 3rd goal during the La Liga match between Real Zaragoza and FC Barcelona at La Romareda on April 7, 2012 in Zaragoza, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice to become the first player since 1973 with 60 goals in a season for a club in a major European league, leading Barcelona to a 4-1 win at Zaragoza on Saturday night.

The three-time FIFA player of the year put Barcelona ahead 2-1 with a brilliant individual effort in the 39th, then converted a penalty kick in the 86th. The last player to reach 60 was Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller with 67 in 1972-73.

Messi leads the Spanish league with 38 goals, one more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Seeking its fourth straight league title, Barcelona stretched its league winning streak to nine and closed within three points of Real Madrid, which hosts Valencia on Sunday.

Carlos Aranda put Zaragoza ahead in the 30th minute, six minutes after his penalty kick was saved by Victor Valdes. Carles Puyol tied it in the 36th when goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez fumbled a routine corner kick and the ball fell to the feet of Barcelona’s captain. Messi set up Pedro Rodriguez for a goal in stoppage time..

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