Barcelona superstar reached yet another goalscoring milestone in Blaugrana‘s clash with Atletico Madrid on Sunday, as Lionel Messi‘s 600th career goal kept up Barcelona’s unbeaten record in La Liga to open up an eight-point lead.
The 30-year-old struck in Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Atletico Madrid to reach his most recent goalscoring milestone. Messi sent a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner after 26 minutes to put Barca 1-0 up, with Jan Oblak’s touch insufficient to keep it out.
Messi’s 600 goals were raised a day after arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo reached 300 LaLiga goals, the Real Madrid hotshot got a brace in Los Blanco’s 3-1 win over Getafe.
The Barcelona and Argentina star has been the scourge of defenders in Spain and across the world since making his professional debut at 17 and his illustrious career has now yielded another mind-boggling milestone.
In the process, Messi has gathered 30 trophies but international honours have eluded him up until this point, with the 2018 World Cup tantalizingly upcoming.
Opta Numbers Behind Messi’s Goalscoring milestone.
99 – Messi has scored his goals against 99 different opponents. Atletico (28) are second on his list of favourite teams to face, one behind Sevilla.
373 – The Argentine’s strike against Atletico was his 373rd in the Spanish top flight. Ronaldo – on 301 after his double on Saturday – is the only other man to pass 300.
38 – Messi has netted a hat-trick on 38 occasions for club and country. On five occasions he has scored four goals, and his best effort for a single game remains the five he scored against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in 2012.
82 – His most prolific season was the 2011-12 campaign, where he scored an extraordinary 82 times. Part of that tally contributed to 91 in 2012 – a career-best for a calendar year.
1 – Although Messi has produced almost a quarter of his goals (148) between minutes 76 and 90, he has only once netted in extra-time. That was the winner in the 2009 Club World Cup final against Estudiantes.
496 – The number of goals the little master has scored with that magical left foot. He has 78 with his right, 24 with his head and two with other parts of his body.
96 – Nearly one in six of Messi’s goals have come from outside the box, proving he is a threat from almost anywhere on the field.
77 – Although more fallible from the spot than someone of his quality ought to be, Messi still has 77 successful penalties to his name. He has also netted from 39 free-kicks.
42 – The most frequent provider of Messi’s goals is Dani Alves, now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain. Of Messi’s current team-mates, Andres Iniesta (36) has supplied him with the most assists.
Lionel Messi – 600 career goals
1st goal v Albacete, May 2005
100th v D. Kiev, Sep 2009
200th v R. Madrid, Aug 2011
300th v Rayo, Oct 2012
400th v Granada, Sep 2014
500th v Valencia, Apr 2016
600th v At. Madrid, Mar 2018
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