Lionel Messi passed another career landmark on Sunday when he scored his 600th career goal as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Messi scoring the winning goal against Atleti with a sublime free-kick – a fitting way to mark the milestone.
The super strike came after 26 minutes in the top-of-the-table clash. Barca were awarded a free-kick just outside the box and Messi stepped up to curl a shot up and over the wall, beyond the despairing dive of Jan Oblak.
Lionel Messi keeps surprising us every single day
Scores this perfect free-kick in our most important La Liga game of the season ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/O4SKgblxuo
— infosmessi (@INFOSMESSl) March 4, 2018
It was the Argentine’s 32nd goal of the season and saw Barcelona extend their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points with the win over their nearest rivals.
Of the 600 goals, 539 have come in Barcelona colours, while he’s also hit 61 goals in the blue and white of Argentina.
“There’s no one like him in the world. I don’t know what would have happened [if he’d been on the other team] nor do I want to imagine it,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said afterwards.
Rival coach Diego Simeone was more direct, saying: “If Messi had been wearing an Atlético shirt, we would have won.”
Either way, the plaudits poured in from across the online world.
Leo Messi career:
? 747 Games
⚽️ 600 Goals
? 290 Assists
? 30 Trophies
? 44 Hattricks
? 5 Ballons d'Or
? 4 Golden Boots
Greatest ever ?
600 GOALS!!! pic.twitter.com/iU3KlLG9Bb
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) March 4, 2018
Leo Messi in 8 days:
3 Free Kicks.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 4, 2018
Messi scored his 600th goal to beat Atletico and surely clinch La Liga for @FCBarcelona. If he were just a goal scorer it would be astonishing, but the fact he’s also the best dribbler I’ve ever seen and as good a passer as I’ve ever seen makes him the best I’ve ever seen. ?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2018
Lionel Messi's game by numbers vs. Atletico Madrid:
58 (84%) passes completed
5 (100%) take-ons completed
5 chances created
Another game winning performance. pic.twitter.com/UgPwuFYtGW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 4, 2018
— Hamzah Bhuta (@Hamzah_Bhuta_18) March 4, 2018
— Radio Barça (@RadioFCB_2) March 4, 2018