Messi Hits The Magic 600 Goal Mark

The little magician has done it again and he's made international football history in the process. Lionel Messi's picture-perfect free kick against Atletico Madrid netted him career goal number 600, with 539 goals for Barcelona to go with 61 in his international career with Argentina. While the World Cup remains the missing piece of Messi's legacy, this landmark goal continues to cement his place among the greatest footballers of all time. 

Messi vaulted his shot over the Atletico Madrid wall from thirty yards out before it dipped and slipped past the outstretched hand of Atletico goalkeeper Oblak, hitting the corner of the net. It was the third goal directly from a free-kick in Messi's last three appearances for Barcelona. The game was watched 90,356 fans at Camp Nou, the highest attendance of the season. Messi remains the hottest ticket in the sport. And if you can't be there live to witness the magic, you can at least win while Messi and company do their thing at Football Betting Thailand.

It was Messi’s 24th goal in La Liga this season to go with 12 assists – both league-leading tallies. The goal was the least Barcelona deserved after dominating the first half. Second-place Atletico provided tougher opposition in the second half, but Barca was ultimately too much. 

Barcelona went into the leading La Liga by five points over second-place Atletico. However, the situation has tightened as five games ago the lead was 11 points. Barca had dropped six points with three draws in their last five matches while Atletico Madrid had won all their matches. The win extends Barcelona’s lead to 8 points with 11 games remaining in La Liga. Real Madrid is third with 54 points, 15 points fewer than Barcelona. Barcelona has yet to lose in their last 34 La Liga matches stretching back to the 2016/17 season. 


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