Lionel Messi’s 600 goals for Barcelona include nearly a quarter of club’s Champions League total… and one with his hand
LIONEL MESSI has now scored 600 times for Barcelona – which includes almost a quarter of the club’s Champions League goals and even one with his left HAND.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner reached the milestone with an incredible free kick during Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Liverpool at the Nou Camp.
Incredible stats show how the Argentine superstar has reached the milestone
Messi scored his 600th club goal in all competitions exactly 14 years after his first strike against Albacete 1 May 2005.
It took him just 683 games to reach it – which is 116 fewer than it took Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 31-year-old possesses the power score from anywhere on the pitch – but 501 of his goals have come from inside the box.
He is Barcelona’s No1 penalty taker as he has scored 70 from the spot and the remaining 99 have come from outside the area.
Messi has scored 491 goals with his left boot, but has still found the net 85 times with his so-called “weaker” right foot.
The Argentine ace stands at just 5″5′, but he has scored 22 goals with his head including an unforgettable one against Manchester United.
During a Champions League clash in 2009, he jumped above Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to put his name on the scoresheet.
But most surprisingly of all, Messi has registered a goal with his left hand.
He followed in the footsteps of his compatriot Diego Maradona as he slapped the ball into the net during a match against Espanyol in 2007.
Just to prove he could do it all, he also knocked the ball across with his chest during the Club World Cup in 2009.
Messi has scored 112 times in the Champions League – which equates to 22.3 per cent of his club’s goals in the competition.
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The forward has scored 417 times in La Liga, 50 times in Copa del Rey, 13 times in Spanish Supercopa, five in the World Club Cup and three times in the Super Cup.
He is miles ahead of Barcelona’s next highest goalscorer, Cesar Rodriguez, who netted 232 times for the club.
But even at the age of 31, the Barca skipper is showing no signs of slowing down.
He scored a tap-in against Liverpool after Luis Suarez’s opener before he made history with a strike from 25 yards.