Lionel Messi’s improbable goal drought has been superseded by something even more improbable: his 500th professional career goal.
He hit the astonishing milestone on Sunday during Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to the lowly Valencia, only to continue its rough patch, but Messi’s 515-minute goal drought thankfully came to an end when he slotted home from 12 yards out after a pullback from the left.
It’s a truly incredible feat, especially when you consider this figure only includes the senior Barcelona and Argentina squads, no Olympics goals, friendlies, Barça B or age streamed internationals. He managed to hit the mark after just 632 appearances, and also has 201 assists to his name.
Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, there’s a little known Portuguese forward by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo who’s sitting on 539 career goals and 180 assists, but Ronny’s played 159 more matches than little Leo, so we fully expect Messi to fly past that particular benchmark.
Here’s a phenomenal 2 percent of his goals, enjoy.
The breakdown of magical Messi’s numbers:
- 450 for Barcelona
- 50 for Argentina, just six behind ‘El Ángel’ Gabriel Batistuta’s all-time record
- 81 percent of his goals have come from his left foot – 21 have been headers, 71 have been off his right and there have weirdly been two “others”
- 25 have been free-kicks and 64 have been penalties
- Over 40 goals a season, for the past eight seasons
- 82 goals in the 2011/2012 season
- His favorite opponents are: Sevilla (25 goals), Atlético Madrid (25) and Real Madrid (21)