Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal with cheeky Panenka penalty against Atletico Madrid but it can’t stop Barcelona slipping up again in LaLiga title race
- Messi scored his 630th goal for Barcelona and his 700th career goal
- He netted from the penalty spot to give his side a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute
- Atletico’s Saul equalised from the spot for the second time 12 minutes later
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal by converting a second-half penalty against Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp in LaLiga on Tuesday night.
The Argentine hit the landmark goal for club and country by netting from the penalty spot to give his side a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute, showing some nerve by chipping the ball into the net to deceive goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Messi had moved on to 699 goals after netting a penalty against Leganes two weeks ago but drew a blank in his last three matches against Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo before finally reaching the milestone against Atletico.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday
Messi, 33, is Barca’s all-time leading scorer with 630 goals for the club where he has spent his entire career while he has netted a record 70 times for Argentina.
Barcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga’s title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Messi’s 700th career goal.
The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real Madrid, who have 71, will go four points clear at the top with five games left if they beat Getafe at home on Thursday.
Messi converted a second-half penalty against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga clash on Tuesday
Barca went ahead at an empty Camp Nou in the 11th minute when Atletico striker Diego Costa knocked Messi’s delivery from a corner into his own net.
Saul levelled soon after from the spot after the referee order a re-take when Costa’s initial penalty was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen but the referee ruled the German had strayed from his line.
Barcelona then earned a penalty soon after the interval which Argentine Messi coolly converted for a remarkable 700th strike for club and country, only for Saul to strike again from the spot in the 62nd to earn a share of the points.
The 33-year-old is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 630 goals for the club