Most footballers can’t even manage 300 goals in their entire career. Lionel Messi reached that milestone last night... and he’s only 25.
Such is the ease with which the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are rewriting the record books with ridiculous goalscoring stats; there is a tendency from football fans to take them for granted.
Yet, despite everything he’s done in the game to date, there should be no under-appreciating the achievements of Lionel Messi, who last night netted the 300th and 301st goals of his career in the 5-0 trashing of Rayo Vallecano last night.
The impish Argentinean genius only turned 25 during the summer, yet he has already scored 270 goals for Barcelona and 31 for Argentina in just 419 matches. His goals last night took him to a frankly incredible 73 goals in 2012 alone, while it was 13th of this season... and we haven’t reached November yet.
With his ratio of goals improving year on year, at this rate of going, Messi could reach 1,000 career goals by the time he’s finished and unlike Brazilian great Romario, Messi wouldn’t have to resort to goals scored in unofficial friendlies and goals scored in his mate’s back garden to reach the mark either.
Messi’ 300th goal was a fairly run of the mill effort by his standards, but it was still a brilliant finish. Check it out for yourself in the video above.
Hat-tip to the folks at 101 Great Goals for this one.