Messi hit another milestone, with his sensational free kick giving him 600 goals in a Barcelona jersey.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi clocked up yet another huge milestone on Wednesday as his brace against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals saw him reach 600 goals for the club, an astonishing tally and testament to his longevity and unprecedented quality.
Messi's first of the game demonstrated his predatory instincts and football intelligence as he pounced on a rebound off the crossbar, while his second showcased flawless technique, as he whipped a precision free-kick into the top corner to give Barcelona a commanding 3-0 advantage after the first leg.
Messi, who scored for the first time for Barcelona exactly 14 years earlier, on May 1, 2005, has scored those 600 goals in just 683 games, netting an average of almost one (0.9) every time he steps onto the pitch.
Remarkably, in the club's all-time standings, he has 368 more goals than the next most prolific player in Barça history, Cesar Rodriguez, who netted 232 times during his career in the 1940s and 1950s. Another Camp Nou legend, Laszlo Kubala, has 199 goals, but Messi's enormous tally, one that no other player will ever come close to matching, dwarfs them all.
Stats powered by Opta can reveal that Messi has scored 417 goals in La Liga, with 112 coming in the Champions League. He has netted 50 times in the Copa del Rey, a further 13 times in the Supercopa de España, five in the FIFA Club World Cup and three in the UEFA Super Cup.
In short, Messi has scored in every official competition in which he played for Barcelona. He has also scored against 76 of the 85 teams he has ever faced at the senior club level, with Sevilla seemingly his favorite opponent after scoring 36 times against them over the last 14 years.
It is not something that Real Madrid fans will enjoy reading, but Messi's favorite stadium for goals as a visiting player is the Santiago Bernabeu, where he has scored 15 times.
Lionel Messi's Milestone Goals for Barcelona From 1-600:
|1||May 1, 2005||Albacete (H)||La Liga|
|100||January 16, 2010||Sevilla (H)||La Liga|
|200||November 1, 2011||Viktoria Plzen (A)||Champions League|
|300||February 16, 2013||Granada (A)||La Liga|
|400||April 18, 2015||Valencia (H)||La Liga|
|500||April 23, 2017||Real Madrid (A)||La Liga|
|600||May 1, 2019||Liverpool (H)||Champions League|
In terms of the breakdown of how he has scored his goals, Messi has bagged a considerable 491 (82%) with his stronger left foot. His weaker right foot accounts for 85 goals (14%), while he has scored 22 headers (4%) and just two by other means.
Of the 600, 501 have been scored inside the penalty area and 99 from outside. Within those numbers, there have been 42 direct free kicks, as on Wednesday night, and 70 penalties.
Still more than a month shy of his 32nd birthday, Messi potentially has a number of years left at the top of his game and could yet reach more incredible milestones before he calls it a day on an incredible career.