Lionel Messi touches another milestone. While talks of his move to Manchester City is getting riper, the Argentine maestro marked his 500th appearance for Barcelona with a 33rd minute goal against the Real Betis in the La Liga.
Barca thrashed Betis 4-0 to stay at the top of the Spanish League and ended a superb year for the Catalans. Moreover, Barca scored 4 goals to finish the year with 180, bettering arch-rivals Real Madrid’s record of 178 posted in 2014.
“It was a spectacular year,” Messi later confirmed. “It will be complicated to better this, but like always we will try to do so.”
After a successful goal placed Barcelona ahead, Messi earned a penalty and notched up the second goal. Luis Suarez scored a brace in the second half to ensure another convincing win. The Uruguayan now leads the tally of scorers with 15 goals.
“It was a strange game. I don’t know if it was a penalty or not, when I was hit I didn’t realise what had happened,” Messi said about the decision to award his side a spot kick.
Barca lead Atletico Madrid on goal difference in the La Liga table.