Lionel Messi scored the latest record to be reached in an astonishing career which shows stagger.The Argentina reached the landmark in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid, but Barcelona loses ground in title race from Real Madrid. The forward stylish finish was his 630th goal in 724 appearances for the Catalan club, which is combined with the 70 goals he scored on the international stage. The skills and strength which comfortably make him the record goal-scorer for both club and country.

The Portuguese forward struck his 700th goal in October last year in Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine. Both are still way behind Czech-Australian forward Dössel Bican, who scored over 800 goals in his career from 1928 to 1955, accordingly to UEFA.

His first goal came on 1 May 2005 at the Camp Nou against Albacete, coming off a fine assist from Ronaldinho. His most amazing year was 2012, when he netted 91 times, beating Pele’s previous record of 75. His 599th professional goal was a stunning direct free kick that Las Palmas keeper Chichizola had no chance of stopping. Goal 600 was also a free kick, this time against Oblak and just as unstoppable. Messi is infinitely ambitious and still has further targets to aim for. He needs just 13 to beat Pelé’s record number of goals for a single team. And with 724 appearances to his name, he doesn’t have too long to go before he tops the 767 of Xavi Hernández.

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