The Argentinian Lionel Messi reached the 700 career goals mark. The achievement was accomplished on the 2-2 draw against Atlético de Madrid, valid for the La Liga. Check out other historical players who have also reached these numbers.
LIONEL MESSI 700 TIMES A GENIUS
It was a matter of time for the Barcelona’s No. 10 to reach the desired milestone of 700 career goals. On the 2-2 draw against Atlético de Madrid, at their favourite stage, the Camp Nou, a Panenka penalty gave the moment a special touch.
Lionel Messi is standing out more as one of the biggest and best players in the entire history of football.
Everything started in the 2004/2005 season, when he came off the bench and scored its first goal with Barcelona’s shirt. The assist came from the star and idol Ronaldinho Gaúcho, that would later give his pupil the number 10 shirt.
On the following season, he was already a more regular presence on the starting line-up and he scored 10 goals in total, followed by 21 goals on the 06/07 season and 19 on the 07/08 season. That’s when the revolution happened at the club.
In 2008, the Ronaldinho era came to an end, after a technical decline of the player combined with disagreements with the club’s board. Coincidentally, it was on that season that a new manager took charge at the club: Pep Guardiola.
With him, Lionel Messi turned into a goalscoring machine. Barcelona became a worldwide sensation and Messi appeared as a false 9, being a short and slender player that could crush any defence with his movement and agility with the ball.
That season, the number 10 scored 41 goals, won the Champions League and was elected best player in the world for the first time.
The Argentinian continued improving his numbers, season after season, reaching his peak on the 11/12 edition, where he scored an absurd amount of 82 goals.
Since the 08/09 season until 18/19, the Argentinian never scored less than 40 goals, having reached the 50 goals mark 5 times, and surpassing 60 goals on 2 seasons.
TOP GOALSCORER OF THE ARGENTINIAN NATIONAL TEAM
Messi has been collecting records, having 630 goals scored for Barcelona, and standing out as club’s top goal scorer by far, having 3 times the amount of goals scored as the 2nd place, César, who scored 232 playing until 1955.
On the Argentinian national team, it isn’t any different, with “La pulga” as he is known reaching the 70 goals mark with his nation.
Messi surpassed (largely) other great goal scorer, Gabriel Batistuta, who played for Argentina until 2002 and scored 54 goals.
700 Goal complete Leo Messi😍 pic.twitter.com/DCXy0IKYIe
— MD ABDUL ALIM (@MDABDUL24311086) July 1, 2020
It is impressive how Messi is honoured, and how he carries his national team. However, he still wasn’t able to win a title playing for his country, and the pressure on him is huge.
His generation is heading towards a transition period, and maybe there aren’t as many possibilities left for him to still win a trophy.
Messi led Argentina to a World Cup final and two consecutive Copa America finals, but he was defeated in all of them. That’s one last conquest missing on his victorious resume, and the pressure tends to increase from now on.
MESSI REACHED THE 700 GOALS BEFORE CR7
The great discussion of the century is about how is the best: Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Obviously, these are two fantastical players, but it is interesting to follow and compare their numbers.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored before (chronologically speaking) Messi his 700th goal. The Portuguese star broke the 700 goals mark in 2019, on Portugal’s loss against Ukraine.
Juventus’ No.7 was 34-years old and reached this milestone after playing 976 career matches, with an average of 0.71 goals per match.
The Argentinian Lionel Messi scored his 700th goal on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. Barcelona’s No.10, currently with 33 years of age, needed 862 matches to do it, with an average of 0.81 goals per match.
Most official goals scored ever:
🥇 Pelé: 767
🥈 Romário: 734
🥉 Cristiano Ronaldo: 730
4. Gerd Mueller 720
5. Lionel Messi 700
Will Cristiano catch Pelé? 💭 pic.twitter.com/XT2GjpeCIx
— I_am_Vickbanks (@Taofik17261742) July 7, 2020
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players in activity to reach this milestone. Pelé and Romário are the ones who were able to reach the 1000 goals scored mark.
The Argentinian and the Portuguese have a couple more good years ahead of them, but this season they’ve both decreased their numbers drastically, maybe due to the unusual occurrences or maybe due to the natural weight their age is bringing.
Will it be possible for both players to come into this select group of genius top goal scorers who have surpassed the 1000 goals’ mark? If I had to guess, I’d say it certainly is!