Lionel Messi whipped in his 600th Barcelona goal in magisterial style, a left-footed free-kick from 35 yards against Liverpool in the Nou Camp that put Barcelona in the driving seat to reach the 2018/19 Champions League final. He has reached that milestone in 683 games giving him an average of 0.9 goals per game. Outrageous.
Breaking down his magical 600, he has scored 491 goals with that ever reliable left foot, including the two against Liverpool - more than anyone else in history. With his right, he has scored 85 goals and with his head he has scored 22. That leaves two goals for ‘other’ body parts - his chest.
42 of those goals have come from direct free-kicks, 7% of his current total whilst he has now also scored against every single English club he has faced in the Champions League, ticking Liverpool off his list with a brace. He has now scored 26 goals in 33 games against English clubs, 14 more than Cristiano Ronaldo in European competition.
The stats keep coming. The little Argentine has scored 99 goals from outside the box and 501 from within the area, with 70 of his strikes coming from the penalty spot. Let’s take a look at some of Lionel Messi’s landmark goals.
The passing of the torch. Ronaldinho scooped a delightful ball through to a 17-year-old Lionel Messi and he lifted the ball over the keeper in a 2-0 win over Albacete at the Nou Camp. As the video below shows, he also scored a similar goal a few minutes before but it was ruled out for offside.
Messi was getting into his rhythm now. His 100th goal came in a convincing 4-0 win over Sevilla, after Dani Alves - the man who has provided Messi with more assists than anyone else (42) - whipped a ball into the Argentine and he took a touch and finished with ease. He took 188 games to hit his first 100, which shows how quickly he has been scoring ever since.
98 games later he had hit the 200 goal mark. Aged 24, he scored a hat-trick away at Viktoria Plzen in bringing up his double century with a penalty. That game, in 2011, also marked Pep Guardiola’s 200th game in charge but several managers have got the best out of the little magician.
After 365 games, Messi hit the 300 mark during a 5-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp. It was 2012, Messi’s finest goalscoring year, and he was on fire. He racked up his 300th goal by slamming a Montoya pass into the net and added 301 in the same game.
His 400th came at the end of the 2014/15 season with a brilliant breakaway goal v Valencia. He attempted to scoop the goalkeeper once more but had to make do with tapping in the rebound and celebrating in from of his adoring fans. That goal would come after 471 games for his club.
Probably the most iconic of the lot. Messi scored his 500th career goal at the Bernabeu in the 93rd minute to win the game 3-2 in 2017. It was another fearsome counter-attack and Messi was there on the edge of the box to fire it in with precision. It took him just 577 games to reach 500 goals. Outstanding.
As we know, the 600th goal came in spectacular fashion against Liverpool. 35 yards out in a Champions League semi-final he struck an inch perfect free-kick into the top corner, putting them firmly in control of the tie. This was his 112th Champions League goal and it took him 683 games to hit the 600 mark.
417 goals in La Liga, 50 in the Copa del Rey, 13 in the Spanish Super Cup, five in the FIFA Club World Cup and three in the UEFA Super Cup. The greatest of all time.
A magnificent free-kick should be enjoyed from every angle 🙌