Lionel Messi scores 500th goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid

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Lionel Messi hit another goal-scoring landmark on Sunday by netting twice against Real Madrid to take his tally for Barcelona to 500.


His 500th goal, also proved crucial as it gave Barca a 3-2 win at the Bernabeu to breath fresh life into La Liga’s title race. He swept the ball beyond Keylor Navas with virtually the last kick of the game after a fine run by Sergi Roberto.

Messi, 29, has scored 343 goals in La Liga, 94 in the Champions League, 43 in the Copa del Rey as well as 12 in the Spanish Super Cup, five in the FIFA Club World Cup and three in the European Super Cup.

The Argentina international holds a whole host of records, including being the only player to score more than 40 clubs goals for eight consecutive seasons, and the fastest player to reach 300 goals in Europe’s top five leagues (achieved in 334 games).

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Messi’s numbers:

By competition
La Liga 343
Champions League 94
Copa del Rey 43
Spanish Super Cup 12
Club World Cup 5
European Super Cup 3

Most goals by opponent
Sevilla 29
Atletico Madrid 27
Valencia 24
Real Madrid 23
Athletic Bilbao 22
Osasuna 21

Most goals by opponent — non-Spanish clubs
Arsenal 9
AC Milan 8
Celtic 8
Bayer Leverkusen 7
Manchester City 6
Ajax 6

– 60 of Messi’s 500 goals have come via a penalty.

Most penalties converted
Valencia 5
Espanyol 5
Levante 4
AC Milan 4
Real Madrid 4

– Messi has 37 hat tricks for Barcelona

Most hat tricks by opponent
Valencia 4
Osasuna 3
Atletico Madrid 3

Goals by minute block
1-15 – 52
16-30 – 80
31-45+ – 90
46-60 – 81
61-75 – 76
76-90+ – 120
106-120+ – 1