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It's Been Two Years Since Lionel Messi's 500th Barcelona Goal

It's Been Two Years Since Lionel Messi's 500th Barcelona Goal

On April 23rd 2017 Lionel Messi scored a brilliant injury time winner against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to put Barcelona top of the table but most importantly it was his 500th goal for the club.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. There's something special about coming up with a record breaking goal at the exact right time and Lionel Messi certainly isn't one to pass up the chance.

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If you asked any Barcelona player past or present to pick a team to score against there'd a very good chance that any of them would pick rivals Real Madrid.

No one knows that better than Messi, the five time Ballon d'Or winner has scored against Barca's fierce rivals 26 times and the most any other player from the Catalan side has scored in Clasico games is Cesar's 14, he last played in 1955.

The Argentina forward leads everyone in the scoring charts when it comes to Spain's two biggest clubs with Alfredo di Stefano's 18 for Real the second best.

One of Messi's most famous goal in the famous rivalry came in April 2017 when both sides were battling for the La Liga title.

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In the 92nd minute of the match the forward hit a perfect finish to give Barca a 3-2 win in the Bernabeu and it just happened to be his 500th goal for the club. Messi whipped his top off in quick time and held it up to the crowd, they already knew who he was though:

The goal put Barca back top of La Liga, only on head-to-head record between the two sides, with just five games left of their season.

Unfortunately for Luis Enrique and his team Los Blancos had a game in hand and both sides went on to win all their remaining fixtures meaning Real won the title by three points.

Messi's 500th goal was a massive milestone but he'd long since broken the record of the club's leading all time scorer, which was also Cesar of 232.



Messi's most recent goals came against Manchester United. Image: PA Images
Messi's most recent goals came against Manchester United. Image: PA Images

And the 31 year old hasn't stopped there either. It might only be two years on but the five time European Golden Shoe winner is now just three goals off 600 goals for the club.

He looks set to win a sixth Golden Shoe as Ernesto Valverde's side hone in on yet another Spanish title and possible a treble with the Copa del Rey final and Champions League semi still to come.

Don't be surprised if the hour comes again and Messi scores his 600th goal against Liverpool.

Topics: Football News, El Clasico, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Clasico, Bernabeu, Spanish football, Real Madrid, La Liga, European Football

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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