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Lionel Messi Scores 600th Barcelona Goal with Stunning Free-Kick vs. Liverpool

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01:   Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after he scores his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi notched his 600th goal in all competitions for Barcelona on Wednesday when he found the net against Liverpool. Messi struck a second-half brace in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

600 Barcelona goals for Messi 🐐 SIX. HUNDRED. https://t.co/VUXko9yq2Z

He reached his landmark total with a stunning free-kick from distance:

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

We are not worthy 🙇‍♂️ Messi scores his 600th for Barcelona and it's a beauty 🙌 https://t.co/utF9yNgASV

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

OH MY 🤯😂 LIONEL MESSI YOU ARE NOT FROM THIS EARTH!!!!! What a way to score your 600th goal for Barcelona 🔥🔥🔥 We are not worthy. https://t.co/9QTZ0iycSH

It meant the Argentinian reached the tally exactly 14 years on from his first goal for the club against Albacete in 2005, when he was assisted by Ronaldinho.

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

The first of 4⃣1⃣7⃣ goals in #LaLigaSantander... #OnThisDay in 2005, a legend named LIONEL MESSI was born. 💙❤️ #LaLigaHistory https://t.co/guUbDT3ZoQ

Messi has reached the milestone just four days after Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 600th club goal on April 27. The former is 31, though, while the latter turned 34 in February.

Of Messi's 600 Barcelona goals, 417 have come in La Liga, 112 in the UEFA Champions League and 50 in the Copa del Rey. He's added 13 in the Spanish Super Cup, five in the FIFA Club World Cup and three in the UEFA Super Cup, per UEFA's official website.

Many of them have been incredible:

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

Happy Birthday Leo! 🎉 What's your favourite Messi goal? 🤔 https://t.co/BEusHXVNX5

FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona

⚽️ All of Messi's 50 goals in the Copa del Rey 👉 https://t.co/096DRsyhQ9 🔵🔴 https://t.co/5x9euuEXpW

Included in Messi's tally are 70 penalties and 42 free-kicks. Here's a look at just some of the latter:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

The art of the free-kick by Lionel Messi! ⚽️🎯 https://t.co/HkxVLLxoT7

He has netted a total of 45 hat-tricks for the Blaugrana, and 26 of his goals have come against Real Madrid in El Clasico.

Messi's goals have contributed to a great deal of success for Barcelona, including 10 La Liga titles, six Copas del Rey and four UEFA Champions Leagues.

His most prolific campaign came in the 2011-2012 season, when he bagged 73 goals in all competitions. This season, he has 48 for club and country.

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