Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal with cheeky Panenka against Atletico Madrid… but it can’t stop Barcelona slipping up again in LaLiga title race
- Messi scored his 630th goal for Barcelona and his 700th career goal
- He netted from the penalty spot to give his side a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute
- Atletico’s Saul equalised from the spot for the second time 12 minutes later
The Argentine hit the landmark goal for club and country by netting from the penalty spot to give his side a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute, showing some nerve by chipping the ball into the net to deceive goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Messi had moved on to 699 goals after netting a penalty against Leganes two weeks ago but drew a blank in his last three matches against Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo before finally reaching the milestone against Atletico.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday
Messi, 33, is Barca’s all-time leading scorer with 630 goals for the club where he has spent his entire career while he has netted a record 70 times for Argentina.
The penalty was awarded when Barcelona full back Nelson Semedo was fouled by Atletico defender Felipe in the box.
Messi dinked a Panenka penalty over Oblak and celebrated by clicking his fingers and winking at the camera.
Messi converted a second-half penalty against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga clash on Tuesday
Messi joined a select group of football legends in the 700 club.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the only current player other than Messi to have reached the landmark, scoring 725 goals in 1002 professional appearances for Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal.
Josef Bican holds the all-time record for goals scored in competitive football, having netted 805 for Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague and both the Austria and Czechoslovak national teams.
The 33-year-old is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 630 goals for the club
Behind Bican are Romario (772/994), Pele (767/831), Ferenc Puskas (746/754), Gerd Muller (735/793) and the Brazilian Ronaldo (725/1002).
Messi’s goal was not enough to stop Barca slipping up in the title race as a late penalty from Saul Niguez earned a 2-2 draw.
The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real Madrid, who have 71, will go four points clear at the top with five games left if they beat Getafe at home on Thursday.