Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward scores 700th goal in draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward scores 700th goal in draw with Atletico Madrid
Messi’s goal was his 27th of the season for club and country

Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his career with a Panenka penalty in Barcelona’s La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The Spanish giants’ all-time top scorer hit the landmark goal for club and country by gently chipping the ball into the net as Jan Oblak dived the wrong way.

The goal had put Barcelona 2-1 up but Atletico hit back to draw 2-2.

Barca remain second, one point behind Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.

Messi’s penalty was also his 630th goal in his 724th appearance for the club.

The Argentina star played a part in the opener for Barcelona when his whipped corner hit Diego Costa and deflected into the back of the net.

Former Chelsea striker Costa had the chance to make amends soon after when Atletico were awarded a penalty after Yannick Carrasco was fouled inside the box.

Costa stepped up to take the spot kick only to see it saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but it had to be retaken as the Barcelona goalkeeper had come off his line early. This time, Saul Niguez sent Ter Stegen the wrong way.

Messi restored Barcelona’s lead and reached his career milestone with his cheeky Panenka – named after Antonin Panenka’s famous penalty for Czechoslovakia in the final of Euro 76 – but Niguez equalised again with another penalty as Barca dropped points which could cost them dear in the title race.

Messi joins 700 club

Another year, another milestone for Messi.

His 700th career goal – coming just over 14 months after netting for the 600th time for Barcelona – means he joins a select group.

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According to data from Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation,

Players with 700+ career goals
PlayerNationalityMajor clubsGoalsYears scored between
Josef BicanCzech-AustrianRapid Vienna, Slavia Prague8051931-1955
RomarioBrazilianVasco da Gama, PSV, Barcelona,7721985-2007
PeleBrazilianSantos, New York Cosmos7671957-1977
Ferenc PuskasHungarianBudapest Honvéd, Real Madrid7461943-1966
Gerd MullerGermanBayern Munich7351962-1981
Cristiano RonaldoPortugueseSporting CP, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Juventus7252002-present
Lionel MessiArgentineBarcelona7002005-present