With Lionel Messi at 700 goals for club and country, Footy Area takes us down the memory lane as we take a look at 10 of his very best and most important goals for both Barcelona and the Argentine national team.
In a truly illustrious career, the striker has won a total of 34 club trophies and a record of six Ballon d’Or’ trophies since making his debut aged 17. However, the same cannot be said about his Argentine national team, as various titles have eluded the superstar since he won gold at the 2008 Olympics.
With Lionel Messi at 700 goals, Footy Area ranks his 10 most beautiful and history making goals.
10. Barcelona vs Albacete (H): May 1, 2005
Messi had always had a devilish lust for lobbing goalkeepers. Even at a tender age of 17, Messi played like a veteran. Having already had his first goal wrongly called off for offside (a cheeky chip from the edge of the box), Messi’s morale was far from lowered and just one minute later, he ran onto Ronaldinho’s pass before lobbing the ball over Albacete stopper Raul Valbuena again from 16 yards. What a way to start scoring for your club.
9. Barcelona vs Getafe (H): April 18, 2007
After 12 years from his first Barcelona goal, one more extraordinary goal makes this list. And that is his Diego Maradona-esque solo goal against Getafe. Messi collected the ball in his own half and danced around two players, leaving two more defenders for dead, before rounding the goalkeeper and capping it with a cool right-footed finish.
8. Barcelona vs Real Zaragoza (A): March 21, 2010
Lionel Messi at 700 goals will not be complete without remembering this goal. Messi’s goal against Real Zaragoza catapulted him from a very good player category into the ‘beast’ class entirely. The superstar showed us all he had to offer in this goal. It started with him winning the ball from a tackle on halfway line. Thereafter, he danced past one challenge, ran towards the box and turned a defender inside out before rifling the ball into the top corner.
7. Barcelona vs Real Madrid (A): April 27, 2011
This was the climax of one of the harshest El Clasico matches in years, as Mourinho’s Madrid waged war on Guardiola’s Barca. Both teams met four times in three different competitions in just one month, including the Champions League semifinals. This match saw Messi face pretty brutal treatment from the Madrid defense as they tried to chain him. He still managed score twice in a 2-0 first leg win at the Bernabeu. But perhaps, it is the first goal fans will remember forever. In the heat of the match, he waltzed his way past the defense, running past challenges, before slotting the ball past Casillas.
6. Argentina vs Iran (N): June 21, 2014
Lionel Messi at 700 goals must have this goal included. Just before the 2014 World Cup, Lionel Messi was experiencing some dry spell, he had only scored one goal in eight matches. After netting in the opening match of the world cup, he then went on to net a spectacular goal against Iran, Messi took a hold of the ball and curled a stunning strike past Iran’s Alireza Haghighi.
5. Barcelona vs Bayern Munich (H): May 6, 2015
Messi scored a spectacular second goal against the German champions. This goal will never be forgotten by fans and pundits alike. A pass from Rakitic sent Messi on his way, before turning Boateng inside out on the edge of the box, and finally lobbing Manuel Neuer.
4. Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao (N): May 30, 2015
During the latter part of a treble winning campaign, Barcelona met with Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final. After just 20 minutes on the clock, Messi took off on a marauding run down the right flank, he soon landed in trouble after he was closed down by three defenders. Magically, Messi drifted past the trio like they were not even there, before beating Iago Herrerin at his near post.
4. Barcelona vs Real Madrid (A): April 23, 2017
Lionel Messi at 700 goals features another El Clasico match, and this one is epic. With Barca aware that anything but a win would give Real Madrid the league title, and with the match seemingly about to end in a 2-2 draw, Sergi Roberto displayed an amazing amount of individual brilliance when his terrific run in the 92nd minute of stoppage time gave Jordi Alba the chance to square the ball to Messi, who finished it off with a rocket from the edge of the area, hence netting his 500th Barca goal.
2. Argentina vs Ecuador (A): October 11, 2017
The world was already waiting in tears for a World Cup without Lionel Messi after Romario Ibarra’s first minute goal in the last match of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. After the introduction of Lionel Messi in the later stages, the talismanic forward single handedly turned the game on its head with an outstanding hat-trick to give his country their much need ticket to the 2018 World Cup. The final goal would see Messi twisting and turning, before dinking the ball into the top corner for the matchball.
1. Barcelona vs Real Betis (A): March 17, 2019
Messi may have never won FIFA’s Puskas Award celebrating the best goal of the year. However, he has come second twice. His effort against Real Betis in a 4-1 win last season was his latest second place nomination. After a quick one-two with Ivan Rakitic on the edge of the box, he opened his body up like he was ready to smash the ball through the net, before clipping the ball over a helpless Pau Lopez into the far corner. The goal also saw Messi complete his hat-trick, and he was applauded by the home fans too.
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