Lionel Messi Scores During 500th Appearance For Barcelona Against Real Betis
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.Advertisement
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.