Barca’s forward Lionel Messi has scored his 500th career goal when he netted for Barcelona against Valencia in La Liga action on Sunday. Messi, who is currently the leading scorer of all time for both Barcelona and La Liga, bagged his 500th goal in 632 appearances.
He now has 450 goals in 525 games with Barcelona and 50 in 107 games for Argentina. Although he did not manage to score in the past four games, Messi has been on fire so far in 2016, with 26 goals in 28 games.
His haul of 309 league goals has him comfortably ahead of Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (256), while he closed on Gabriel Batistuta’s record of 56 goals for Argentina by netting his 50th against Bolivia last week.
This remarkable landmark in his career comes less than 11 years after the then 17-year-old’s first senior goal against Albacete in May 2005,while his first international striker came in March 2006 in a 3-2 friendly defeat to Croatia.
When compared to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit the 500 career-goals mark back in September 2015, Messi is currently trailing by 39 goals, with the Portuguese having scored his 539th after netting in the club’s 5-1 win over Getafe.
Check out his career goals breakdown
83: UEFA Champions League
3: UEFA Super Cup
5: FIFA Club World Cup
39: Spanish Cup
11: Spanish Super Cup
50: Argentina (23 competitive, 27 friendly)
Total: 500 goals
Barca boss, Luis Enrique when asked about the achievement, said “The figure is from another galaxy
Meanwhile, Real Madrid had moved to within one point of the leaders with a 5-1 win at Getafe on Saturday afternoon, before Atletico Madrid moved level on points with Barca by beating Granada 3-0 at home earlier on Sunday.
What once was a nine-point lead has been completely cut down, following the collapse of their title defence with the latest embarrassing loss a Camp Nou to Valencia. This follows two other straight defeats to Real Madrid (home) and Real Sociedad (away), respectively. Barca now only leads the La liga on the head-to-head record with Atletico Madrid, who seat in second place.
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