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500 Career Goals

Lionel Messi reached 500 career goals with Barcelona after he scored twice against Real Madrid in El Clasico, including the last-minute winner. The 29 year old has now scored 23 career goals vs. Madrid and extended his own record in games between the two teams.

Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barca, joining the Catalan club from Newell’s Old Boys in 2001 when he was still only 14.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal earlier this season but Messi reached the landmark at a younger age and in fewer games. Ronaldo was 31 years and 313 days old; Messi was 29 years and 304 days. Moreover, it took Messi 112 fewer games to reach 500.

With his brace against Madrid, he has now reached another milestone and, given he is still only 29, there could still be many more records to come.

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