Lionel Messi scores 700th career goal, but Barcelona injured in title race

Lionel Messi scores 700th career goal, but Barcelona injured in title race

The Argentine reached the milestone in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid, a result that he sees losing ground to his opponents at Real Madrid.

But for Messi, it’s just the latest record in an astonishing career that shows no signs of slowing down.

The anecdotal finish was his 630th goal in 724 appearances for the Catalan club combined with the 70 goals he has scored on the international stage.

They are statistics that make him comfortable to be the top scorer for both the club and the country.

The 33-year-old is also on a list of famous names such as Pelé, Ferenc Puskas and Gerd Muller who have reached the 700 mile mark, a company that also includes his long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward scored his 700th goal last October in a Euro 2020 qualifier with Ukraine.
Both are still far behind the Czech-Austrian frontman Josef Bican, who has scored more than 800 goals in his career from 1928 to 1955, according to UEFA.
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Barcelona slipped again

Despite his landmark achievement, Messi was not in the mood to celebrate.

His pleasantly cracked spot was not enough to score all three points for his side, who seem to be lagging behind in defending his title.

The hosts took the lead twice, with Saul converting two penalties for Atletico’s third place.

Messi was involved in the Barcelona opener with his battered corner bouncing off Diego Costa for a goal.

However, the result leaves the Catalan one point behind Real Madrid having played an extra game.

“It’s a real shame and the title of our league seems a lot harder with every game,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien after the game.

“The drop in these points actually pushes us further away from the title, but we have to keep working hard.”

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