Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has achieved a career-high 700 goals. It will be a relief for the Argentina star footballer who is going through a bad phase of his career. In fact, Messi's relationship with Barcelona's assistant coach Eder Saraabia is deteriorating. Fans have also reduced their ratings.
In the FIFA Ballen d'Or Award rankings released by football website GoalDotcom, Messi has fallen behind his biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo due to low ratings. This time Robert Lewandowski is considered to be the biggest contender for Ballen d'Or. Ronaldo is at number two and Messi at number four. At number three is Kevin De Bruyne.
Messi not only achieved a goal of 700 goals against Atletico Madrid in the match played at Camp Now on Tuesday night, but also avoided his team's defeat. Messi is the second active footballer to score 700 or more goals in his career. Messi scored in the 50th minute of the match. With this, the match was drawn 2–2.
A statement issued by Barcelona said, Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his professional career with a penalty. Messi has scored 630 goals so far for Barcelona. At the same time, he has scored 70 goals for Argentina. This includes official and friendly matches played for Argentina. If his goals are scored in a friendly match played for Barcelona, the number becomes 735. Cristiano Ronaldo is at number one in this case. Ronaldo has scored a total of 746 goals in friendly matches played for Portugal, his clubs and both.
Messi also scored his goal for Barcelona at Camp Now about 15 years ago. Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona against Albacete on 1 May 2005 at Camp Now. Barcelona have 70 points in the La Liga points table after Messi's goal. He needs just one point to reach the top. Atletico Madrid is at number three with 59 points.