Messi nets 400th goal for Barcelona
Lionel Messi reached yet another milestone in Barcelona colours when he notched his 400th goal for the club in today’s La Liga 2-0 win over Valencia.
He completed his fourth ton for the Blaugrana with the very last kick of the match, latching onto a long ball over the top and landing the milestone after tucking home the rebound after his initial shot was saved by Diego Alves.
Luis Suarez had opened the scoring for the hosts in the first minute of play.
The victory also pushed Barcelona five points clear of Real Madrid with six games remaining in the season.
It was Messi’s 278th league goal for the Primera Division leaders, with a further 75 coming in the Champions League, 32 in the Copa Del Rey, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, four in the Club World Cup as well as one strike in the UEFA Super Cup.
Messi had become Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer in March last year when he exceeded Paulino Alcantara’s 369 goals for the club scored between 1912 and 1927.
The Argentina forward, who has won the Ballon d’Or on four occasions, also holds the record for leading goalscorer in a single La Liga season, with 50 in 2011-12.
Among a host of other records, he is also the joint record scorer in European Cup history on 75 goals, level with Cristiano Ronaldo. And he is also tied with Ronaldo for the most La Liga hat tricks, with both forwards having scored 24.