While some teams are yet to score up to 300 goals in their history of featuring in the La Liga, Lionel Messi on Saturday justified his legendary status as he scored two goals that first took his total tally to 350 and then 351.

The Argentine scored a second-half brace as Barcelona made its two wins from two matches at the start of the 2017-18 campaign with a 2-0 victory away to Alaves on Saturday night.

Messi scored the milestone goal in La Liga more than 12 years after his first, when he was only 17.

He has 66 more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest challenger in the all-time list.

Messi is only the second player to have surpassed 350 goals in the top five European leagues, after Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller, who ended his career with 365 in the Bundesliga.

Based on statistics, Messi has at least one Spanish league goal in 14 straight seasons.