On Tuesday, June 30, Lionel Messi scored a goal against Atletico Madrid, writing history while he notched his 700th goal. He has tallied 630 goals for Barcelona and 70 goals for Argentina. The 33-year-old footballer shows no sign of slowing down and will surely continue to climb the record book.
Among active players, Ronaldo has the most goals, followed by Messi. Here are the top five:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal): 728 goals in 1,005 games
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina): 700 goals in 862 games
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Sweden): 540 goals in 907 games
- Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay): 472 goals in 637 games
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland): 466 goals in 697
The Argentinian footballer took 862 games to reach the milestone, which is 111 games fewer than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, Ronaldo has 728 goals in 1,005 games played. The Portuguese soccer player scored his 700th goal last October during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine.
Messi is the seventh player to score 700 or more goals in a career. Others in the 700-goal club include Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Romario, Josef Bican, and Pele.
According to Guinness World Records, Pele, known to be the greatest footballer to have ever lived, has an overwhelming 1,281 career goals, including unofficial matches. In official games, Bican holds the record with 805 goals in 530 competitive games. Romario, from Brazil, scored 772 goals in 993 matches from 1985 to 2007, Puskas has 746 goals in 754 games, and Muller has 735 in 739 games.
Messi is now the leading scorer for both the team and country. Scoring 22 goals this season, he managed to score 20 or more goals in 12 consecutive seasons in La Liga.
He has won three consecutive European Golden shoes, with six total. As of now, Lewandowski from Bayern Munich leads the way with 34 Bundesliga goals, which is worth 68 points, while Messi has 44 points. While Bundesliga is finished as Bayern Munich has already won the title, Messi still has five more games to go and could win his seventh Golden Shoe award.
Barcelona at Risk
Despite Messi reaching the incredible milestone, Barcelona is struggling to get to the top of the league. The match against Atletico Madrid ended 2-2, which resulted in a single point and it is the third draw in the last four matches for the team. The two goals from Atletico Madrid came from two penalty kicks, which ending up costing them the game.
The arrival of Antoine Griezmann surprised many people, and Barcelona fans were happy that the team acquired such a talented footballer. However, he has become a minor contributor, only starting one of the last four games and scoring just one goal for the team in 2020. He does not look confident and does not seem to fit in well with the two strikers, Messi and Suarez.
Real Madrid, Barcelona’s rival, is the favorite to win La Liga this season Champions League and advance to the , even though they are only up by one point. Real Madrid has played 32 games while Barcelona played 33 games so far.
They will play Getafe this coming Thursday, and they are in favor of winning the game, which will put them four points ahead of Messi’s team. Barcelona will be able to come back if Real Madrid loses or draws the game on Thursday and if they beat Villarreal on Sunday.
However, Real Madrid is currently the favorite to win the league title as they have the best XI, and their coach, Zinedine Zidane, has led the team very successfully this season.