Lionel Messi Reaches 700-Goal Mark in his Career for Barcelona and Argentina Combined

Lionel Messi reaches 700-goal mark in his career for Barcelona and Argentina combined

Lionel Messi reaches 700-goal mark in his career for Barcelona and Argentina combined

Barcelona great Lionel Messi has achieved yet another milestone in his career as he has scored 700 goals combined for his national team Argentina and his club Barcelona.  Messi scored the 700th goal of his senior career in a La Liga match against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as he seized the penalty shoot during the 50th minute of the match. 

“Leo Messi’s penalty against Atletico Madrid was the 700th of his professional career -630 for Barca and 70 for Argentina, including official and friendly games. Counting friendlies for Barca too, he has 735 goals,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Barcelona failed to win the match as the result was 2:2 in the end, thereby restricting them to the second place in the latest La Liga Standings, below their archrivals Real Madrid

The 32-year-old joined the club of 700 goals and he is now the second active player on the planet to have reached the mark, the first is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Making his debut in 2003, Messi has appeared in 724 matches for Barcelona, scoring 630 goals while the rest 70 of them have come playing for the national side Argentina. However, his first-ever goal came against Albacete on May 1, 2005, which was two years later after his debut. 

The top-scorers in the history of football is Josef Bican with 805 goals in his career, followed by Romario (772 goals), Pele (767), Ferenc Puskas (746) and Gerd Muller (735). 

On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored the 728th goal of his career in a Serie A match against Genoa and helped his side win by 3:1 in the end. 

Barcelona now has 70 points, one point behind the table toppers, while Atletico Madrid holds the third spot with 59 points.