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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi joins elite group with 700th career goal

And the captain hit the landmark in some style

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi finally netted his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid to join a select band of just six other players to have achieved the feat.

The captain’s Panenka penalty put Barcelona 2-1 up at the Camp Nou but wasn’t quite enough for victory, as Saul Niguez’s second spot-kick of the match secured a draw.

It’s a disappointing night for Barcelona with the title slipping further away but another incredible landmark for Messi.

Only Romario, Gerd Muller, Pele, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached 700 career goals before which highlights how rare Messi’s latest feat is.

Messi has now scored 630 goals for Barcelona and 70 for Argentina which means he’s also closing in on another very special record.

The GOAT now just needs 14 more goals to surpass Pele’s landmark of 643 goals for a single club.

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