Lionel Messi now has a truly astonishing 400 La Liga goals to his name following his latest strike for Barcelona against Eibar on Sunday.
The 31-year-old put Barça 2-0 up at the Camp Nou with a typically accurate left-footed finish from inside the box and became only the second player to reach 400+ goals in the history of Europe’s top five leagues in the process.
The only other player to break the 400-goal mark is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 409 league goals with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Messi, however, reached the milestone in 63 fewer games than his long-term Portuguese rival.
The Argentine legend required just 435 league games to hit the 400-goal mark. A phenomenal achievement.
Messi also extended his lead as La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer. Ronaldo is second on the list having scored 311 goals in 292 games at Real Madrid. Telmo Zarra, who netted 251 La Liga goals, is third.
However, Madrid-based newspaper Marca have a problem with everybody praising Messi for celebrating his 400th league goal.
They’ve published an article with supposed evidence to show that Messi is, in fact, only on 399 La Liga goals following the Eibar game.
They claim that Messi was incorrectly awarded a goal during the 2012-13 season in a match which Barça won 5-1 against Athletic Bilbao.
While Messi was officially credited with one of the goals, Marca recorded it as a Fernando Amorebieta own goal.
“Although referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz gave the goal to the Argentine in his match report, MARCA recorded it as an own goal, just as had been the case in the same fixture the year before when MARCA recorded a Gerard Pique own goal and not a Fernando Llorente goal for a similar piece of play,” they explain in an article which some people might describe as a little unnecessary.
You can make your own minds up whether or not it was Messi’s goal by watching the video here…
Even after watching the replays, it’s so difficult to tell whether the ball would have gone in or rolled wide of the far post.
In this instance, you surely have to give the benefit of the doubt to Messi.
Amorebieta would certainly prefer it if Marca went with everybody else and agree that Messi now has 400 league goals.