Lionel Messi by the numbers

‘I’m being criticized for dribbling, but it’s my best skill’ – Neymar

Lionel Messi notched up his 500th career goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday, and we’ve broken down the Argentine’s incredible achievement into the numbers that matter.

500 – Goals for club and country

450 – Goals for Barcelona

50 – Goals for Argentina

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406 – Goals scored with his left foot

71 – Goals scored with his right foot

21 – Goals headered home

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81 – Percent of goals that Messi has scored with his left foot

25 – Goals from direct free-kicks

64 – Goals from penalties

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411 – Goals from open play

40 – Scored 40 or more goals for the past eight seasons

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82 – A career-high number of goals in one season, the 2011/12 campaign

25 – Goals scored against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, the most against any club. Real Madrid are third on the list with 21

42 – Dani Alves has been the provider for 42 of Messi’s goals

We imagine Monday wasn’t the best of days for Messi despite his milestone, with Atletico having drawn level with Barca at the top of the standings, but one bright spot is that on April 18, 2007 this happened:


Not a bad effort…

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