Barcelona skipper, Lionel Messi, scored his 400th La Liga goal as his side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Eibar at Camp Nou on Sunday night. 

Luis Suarez put his side ahead early in the first half before tucking in the Catalan outfit’s third in the second half. After gradually making himself comfortable, the Argentina international started to put pressure on the visitors, forcing errors out of their defenders. In the 53rd-minute, Lionel Messi finally achieved what he was gunning for, as he doubled his side’s advantage from a clever Luis Suarez pass.

With the clinical bottom-corner strike, Messi took his La Liga goal tally to 400 goals, only taking 435 games to reach the unique milestone.

Messi scored his first La Liga goal against a lowly Albacete back in 2005, converting from his mentor, Ronaldinho’s, clever pass, becoming the youngest-ever scorer in the Catalan outfit. 14 years later, he stands proud as the league’s highest-ever goalscorer, that, too, by a fair distance.

Athletic Bilbao forward, Aritz Aduriz, comes next in line amongst players who are still active in La Liga, scoring 157 goals in 422 appearances.

The strike sees Lionel Messi extend his lead at the top of La Liga’s all-time leading scorers’ list, with former Real Madrid man, Cristiano Ronaldo, coming in second, having scored 311 goals in 292 appearances. Telmo Zarra, who scored 251 goals for Bilbao between 1940 and 1955, keeps his place at third.

The Argentinian also became the second player to reach the 400-goal landmark across Europe’s top five footballing leagues, following Juventus’ Ronaldo, who has scored 409 league goals in 507 appearances across three major leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.

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Following yet another memorable performance and conquering a milestone, Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, hailed the genius of his captain, calling him a player from a “different galaxy.”

“It’s monstrous,” said the Barcelona head coach, as quoted by  Barca Blaugranes.

“It’s easy to say but you have to score them one after the other, it’s a long-term job. Messi is an extraordinary player because he is not only a scorer. It’s everything that he creates around him too.”

“His numbers are stratospheric, incredible. He is from another galaxy.”

The goal against Eibar marked Messi’s 17th in the Spanish top-flight, this season. He has also scored 6 goals in 4 Champions League group stage commitments.

Messi’s 400 in Stats

  • 83 braces
  • 31 hat-tricks
  • 82% of goals from left foot – 328 Goals
  • 15% of goals from right foot – 58 Goals
  • 3% of goals from headers – 14 Goals
  • Messi’s 100th goal came against Almería in 2010; 200th against Osasuna in 2013; 300th versus Sporting in 2016
  • Messi has scored more goals in the league than 29 La Liga teams have scored in their entire history
  • Sevilla (25) are Messi’s favorite opponent, followed by Atletico Madrid (23), Valencia (22), Osasuna (21), Deportivo La Coruna (20), and Espanyol (20)
  • Messi has scored against 37 different teams in La Liga – more than any other player in history

At 31, when most human football players start to show signs of an inevitable decline, the Barcelona skipper keeps defying odds, every other day. It’s been an absolute pleasure so far, and we’re certain there is plenty more to come from our generation-defining superstar.


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