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

Lionel Messi scores a penalty
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 quickly had the chance to make amends 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 because the Barcelona goalkeeper had come off his line early. Saul Niguez took the second penalty and 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 the 1976 European Championship - 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.

According to data from Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation,external-link Messi is now one of seven players to have reached the 700-goal mark in their career.

Czech-Austrian Josef Bican leads the way with 805 career goals, followed by Brazil legend Romario, who bagged 772, with his compatriot Pele third on 767.

Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas hit 746 goals, while former Germany striker Gerd Muller rounds out the top five with 735 goals.

Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Pepe, Romario, Josef Bican
Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Romario, Josef Bican - the top five goalscorers in history

Messi's great modern goalscoring rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the sixth man on the list, having reached 700 career goals with a strike for Portugal in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine in October last year. He has added a further 26 goals to his tally since then.

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 Honved, Real Madrid7461943-1966
Gerd MullerGermanBayern Munich7351962-1981
Cristiano RonaldoPortugueseSporting CP, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Juventus7262002-present
Lionel MessiArgentineBarcelona7002005-present

A model of consistency, Messi has scored more than 40 goals for club and country in each of the past 11 calendar years and more than 50 in nine of the past 10. So far in 2020, after a three-month disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, he has 11 to his name.

Of the 40 La Liga opponents Messi has faced during his career, he has only failed to score against three of them - Xerez, Real Murcia and Cadiz.

How has he scored his 700 goals?

The majority of his goals have come from his left foot - 582 of them - with 92 coming courtesy of his right.

Not the biggest of players, nor one who has operated in a side reliant on crosses into the box, only 24 of his 700 goals have come from a header.

Clinical from a dead ball, Messi has also scored 52 direct free-kicks and 90 penalties.

Most come from efforts inside the box (580), with 120 from outside the penalty area.



Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1ter StegenBooked at 17mins
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéBooked at 18mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 22VidalSubstituted forGriezmannat 90'minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forFatiat 85'minutes
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRobertoat 63'minutes
  • 28Puig
  • 10MessiBooked at 61mins
  • 9Suárez


  • 8Arthur
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Griezmann
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 20Roberto
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 30Collado
  • 31Fati
  • 33Araújo
  • 42Rodríguez Jiménez

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 4Arias
  • 2Giménez
  • 18FelipeBooked at 51mins
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 84'minutes
  • 5Partey
  • 8SaúlBooked at 35mins
  • 21CarrascoBooked at 80minsSubstituted forLemarat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forSequeiraat 69'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 75minsSubstituted forMorataat 77'minutes


  • 1Adán
  • 7Sequeira
  • 9Morata
  • 11Lemar
  • 16Herrera
  • 17Saponjic
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 22Hermoso
  • 23Trippier
  • 26García
  • 35Sánchez
  • 42Sánchez
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Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 2, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Atlético de Madrid 2.

  3. Booking

    Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Ansu Fati (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Félix.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann replaces Arturo Vidal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ansu Fati (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Santiago Arias (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitolo.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ansu Fati replaces Sergio Busquets.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Thomas Lemar replaces Yannick Carrasco.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Vitolo replaces Ángel Correa.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Renan Lodi (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Saúl Ñíguez.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Booking

    Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid).


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