Lionel Messi Slips After 400th Goal With Barcelona
Lionel Messi’s celebration after netting his 400th goal with Barcelona was not as clinical as his finishing touch. The Argentine superstar slipped, according to BleacherReport article, and fell flat on his face while celebrating his phenomenal feat after scoring against Valencia at Camp Nou.
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Barca defeated Valencia, 2-0, as Messi completed his fourth ton with the last kick of the match, after being fed by a long ball, and tapping in a rebound after his initial shot was blocked by Valencia custodian, Diego Alves.
Earlier, Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in the opening minute of the match. The goal was set up by magnificent Messi, who missed a sitter unbelievably in the 40th minute, driving wide in front of an open goalmouth.
Finally, he redeemed himself in the stoppage time.
It was Messi’s 278th goal for the Primera Division leaders, with additional 75 in the Champions League, 32 in Copa Del Rey, 10 in Spanish Super Cup, 4 in World Club Cup and one in UEFA Super Cup. Messi became the highest scorer for the Catalans March last year as he leapfrogged Paulino Alcantara’s record of 369 goals scored between 1912 and 1927.
“400 goals with Barcelona, hopefully I can score many more” Messi posted on his official facebook page.
The mercurial forward also holds the record of highest number of goals in a single La-Liga season, with 50 in 2011-12. He won the Ballon d-Or on four occasions.
Messi, jointly with Cristiano Ronaldo, is a leading scorer in European Cup history, having notched up 75 goals. Both also share the honors of scoring record 24 hat ricks in La-Liga.
Barca coach Luis Enrique praised his forwards at the post match press conference. “Messi and the forwards have shown solidarity with the team. They have always given us, what’s being asked of them. They help to defend.”