Messi hit a hat-trick in Sunday's 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna.
Before taking to the field at the Riazor, Messi had two goals less than Salah. With the same points ratio for goals scored in the Premier League and LaLiga, it looks like a straight shoot off between the two attackers.
Salah on 31 has just two more games to play (Chelsea and Brighton) and his focus is also on a Champions League semi-final second leg and a very possible final thereafter.
Messi's hat-trick in Riazor, a game that also saw Barcelona clinch the title, puts him out ahead on 32 league goals and with still four games remaining he will have his eyes firmly on a fifth 'Golden Shoe' award.