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How Lionel Messi got to 700 goals

His rival Cristiano Ronaldo took 112 more matches to hit the same
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
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Agencies   |   Published 02.07.20, 04:53 AM

Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi brought up his 700th career goal for club and country with a cheeky Panenka penalty against one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid, on Tuesday.
Total matches played: 861
Incidentally, Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo took 112 more matches to hit 700.
It took the Portuguese 973 matches, scoring his 700th during Portugal’s 2-1 loss to Ukraine in October 2019.
For whom has Messi scored
Barcelona
(2004 onwards): 630 goals in 723 matches
Argentina (2005 onwards): 70 goals in 138 appearances
How Messi scored his 700 goals...
Left foot: 582

  • Open Play: 441
  • Direct free-kick: 51
  • Penalty: 90
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Right foot: 92
Header: 24 
Chest & body: 2

Players with 700-Plus career goals

Josef “Pepi” Bican 
(Austria, Czechoslovakia, Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague): 805 goals

  • Years active: 1931-1955

Romario 
(Brazil, Vasco da Gama, PSV, Barcelona): 772 goals

  • Years active: 1985-2007

Pele 
(Brazil, Santos, Cosmos NY): 767 goals

  • Years active: 1957-1977

Ferenc Puskas 
(Hungary, Budapest Honved, Real Madrid): 746 goals

  • Years active: 1943-1966

Gerd Muller 
(West Germany, Bayern Munich): 735 goals

  • Years active: 1962-1981

Cristiano Ronaldo 
(Portugal, Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus): 
726 goals

  • Years active: 2002-Till date

Lionel Messi
(Argentina, Barcelona): 700 goals

  • Years active: 2004-Till date


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