Barcelona’s dynamic Argentine maestro scored the 700th goal of his career for club and country in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw vs. Atletico Madrid.
Messi’s 630th goal for Barcelona’s first team came in his 724th appearance for the club, for a strike rate of 0.87 goals per game over the course of 16 years.
All of Messi’s Barcelona goals pair with his national-record 70 for Argentina to put him in illustrious company of those with 700 goals and above (700 goal club).
The star has join the likes of: Josef Bican (805 goals), Romario (772), Pelé (767), Ferenc Puskas (746), Gerd Muller (735) and Cristiano Ronaldo (728)
They are the only other players in history to cross the 700 threshold based on official stats while (unofficial tallies have Bican and Pelé with over 1,000).
Ronaldo accomplished the achievement last October in a Euro 2020 qualifier on a penalty kick vs. Ukraine, the 973rd game in his career.
Messi clinch his 700 club and country goals on a penalty kick as well as delivering a Panenka to beat Jan Oblak after a questionable Penalty kick earned by Nelson Semedo.
The numbers behind Messi’s ascent to 700 are astounding, as one might expect.
He scored over 40 goals in a calendar year in each of the last 11 years, hitting 50 or more in nine of them. In 2012, he struck for 91 goals (79 for Barcelona, 12 for Argentina) in a record-setting year for the ages.
He has also amassed 294 assists for club and country in his career, meaning that he’s closing in on a combined total of 1,000 goals and assists, too.