Messi joins CR7 in 700-goal club


Following his goal against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has become only the seventh player in history to score 700 career goals.

Messi achieved the milestone in the 50th minute of his side's 2-2 draw with Atleti side, netting with a Panenka from the penalty spot after Felipe had fouled Barca fullback Nelson Semedo inside the box. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see where Messi ranks among the highest-scoring active players

That strike took the Argentina forward to 700 goals for club and country, making him only the seventh player, and one of only two active players alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, to reach the incredible figure.

Messi's tally is split between his 630 club goals and 70 on the international stage, with his latest effort coming in just his 862nd career appearance – 111 matches fewer than it took his Portuguese nemesis to achieve the same record, per ESPN.

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The 33-year-old follows in the footsteps of some of the game's greatest goalscorers in reaching the milestone: Josef Bican (805 goals), Romario (772), Pele (767), Ferenc Puskas (746), Gerd Muller (735) and Ronaldo (728).

Among those names, Messi and Ronaldo are the only players still active on the pitch, with their closest rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic trailing some way behind with 540 career goals.

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