Lionel Messi reached an incredible milestone on 23rd April, 2017 by scoring his 500th goal for Barcelona. Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barca, joining the Catalan club as a 14-year-old. There aren’t many players who can score 500 goals for their club and even fewer reach it in the manner and style that Messi did on Sunday.
Messi picked the perfect moment to score his 500th goal against arch-rivals Real Madrid in a thrilling encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday. Madrid went ahead in the first half, but Messi brought Barca back into the game with a brilliant individual goal. Barcelona then went ahead with Ivan Rakitic’s goal before seeing the score leveled by James Rodriguez in the 85th minute.
Messi then stole the show as he struck again in stoppage time for his 500th career goal for Barcelona. The goal not only ensured a 3-2 victory for Barcelona in the El Clasico, but it also blew open the La Liga title race with both Madrid and Barca level on 75 points. Real, who have a game in hand, know that they can’t afford any more slip-ups as that would hand the initiative to Barcelona.