Widely regarded as the greatest player in history, Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal yesterday, as Barcelona ran riot against Valencia side in the Nou Camp in the first leds of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey.
The ‘unassuming’ Argentina forward has become a Barcelona legend, winning a succession of La Liga and Champions League titles while breaking new goal scoring records practically every season. He’s been named FIFA Ballon D’Or winner four times since 2009.
Lionel Messi hit his 499th goal for club and country before the first-half break, and later strike for the 500th and 501st time in his illustrious career in the second half contributing towards a 7-0 annihilation.
His first goal, from six yards out, made it 3-0 score, before the half-hour mark, before Valencia team were penalized and reduced to 10 men; a penalty which Neymar missed just as well.
Arda Turan and Luis Suarez combined to set up his (Messi) second goal to make it 4-0, before he rifled a shot past Mathew Ryan in the Valencia goal to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-0.
Luis Suarez bagged the other four goals taking his season total to 35 strikes from only 33 matches.
According to Mirror, Gary Neville has endured a difficult start to life as Valencia boss, and the pressure will be ramped up after this most recent defeat. It is said that he is yet to taste victory in La Liga since taking over at the head coach.
Recall: Messi has endured criticism over his performances during the 2013-14 campaign despite scoring 28 goals in 31 Liga appearances as Barcelona lost the title to Atletico Madrid in a dramatic final day clash, but the forward committed his long-term future to the club with a new deal in May 2014 and came back with a bang to claim the Treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey after scoring 43 goals in 38 games
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