Lionel Messi becomes the 2nd ever player to reach 800 career goals after Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi achieved the milestone with a goal in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Panama. Argentina start their 2023 international campaign with a win after ending 2022 year as FIFA World Cup champions. The World Cup winning team were felicitated with the World Cup trophies before the match.
Lionel Messi is closing in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s all time goal scoring record of 830 goals. Messi once again weaved his magic by scoring a freekick to the top right corner to reach the milestone.
Messi is also closing in on 100 career goals for Argentina. He is Argentina’s leading goal scorer since 2016 when he scored a goal against United States of America (USA) in the Copa America cup. The Argentinian legend is one goal away from 100 career goals for his nation. He has made 173 international appearances for Argentina in his career and led his team to FIFA World cup glory in 2022, their first win since 1986.
Messi won the Golden Ball with 13 goals and eight assists, and the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year for his performance after the FIFA World Cup 2022. Lionel Messi has also won 7 Ballon d’ors and 6 golden boots in his career.
When it comes to the club level Messi has scored 701 goals including local domestic competitions. He is two contributions away from reaching the 1000 goal contributions landmark. Messi needs one goal or one assist at club level to unlock the milestone.
In his career Messi has scored 108 goals from Penalty shoot out and 692 non penalty goals. He is only the 2nd player to have scored a goal in 19 consecutive seasons with Cristiano Ronaldo holding the record by scoring a goal for 22 consecutive seasons.
Lionel Messi will be back in action on Tuesday when his team faces Curaçao.
Records Lionel Messi can achieve in 2023
- 100 international goals for Argentina ( 99 goals at present).
- 1000 goal contributions at club level ( 998 contributions at present).
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