Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday — and did it in style. The Catalan team is the runner up faced the Camp Nou’s third-place capital team.
Messi was able to bring his team ahead 2-1 early in the second half after Felipe dropped Nelson Semedo in the container for a penalty kick to hit the target, however, Barca was unable to agree to a 2-2 draw.
Messi, who hit the post with a beautiful twisting shot in the main half, made no mistake at the spot, went for a Panenka-style pass, sending Jan Oblak the incorrect way.
That’s a way to get your 700th score. It wasn’t a nearby forgettable tap-in, however, a shameless chip that will be recollected by many and one Oblak will want to overlook. Messi also assisted with a twisting corner kick to set up the opener that came about in Diego Costa’s own goal.
Messi’s 700 overall goals make him the active player with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 727 trailing the second-most goals. In 1,004 games, Ronaldo has hit the mark while Messi has appeared in 862 matches.
Messi is the seventh-best scorer in history when factoring in total targets from youth national teams and club save teams.
It was his 630th career goal for Barca for those checking, and he has 70 more for Argentina national team. Atletico is the team with Messi ‘s second-most surrendered goals at 32, behind Seville’s 37. In reality, Messi’s scored more than 20 career goals against 11 Spanish clubs. The most to be yielded by the non-Spanish club is Arsenal with nine.
The remaining goals from the above rundown are five for Barcelona C, six for Barcelona B, two for Argentina U-23 team, and 14 for Argentina U-20 team.
It’ll be fascinating in the event that he can hit 800 career goals at the age of 33.