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Messi reaches 500 goals for Barcelona - inside his remarkable numbers

Lionel Messi scored twice against Real Madrid in El Clasico, including the last-minute winner, to reach 500 career goals with Barcelona. The 29 year old has now scored 23 career goals vs. Madrid and extended his own record in games between the two teams.

Barcelona is now level on points and holds the head-to-head advantage over with Real Madrid in La Liga, though Madrid has a game in hand. FiveThirtyEight's Soccer Power Index gives Barcelona a 40 percent chance to win the title, which is up from 21 percent ahead of Sunday's game.

Messi goals by competition 20170423
With two goals on Sunday, Lionel Messi now has 47 in all competitions this season.

Messi, who snapped a six-game scoreless streak in El Clasico, has scored against 68 different clubs and has netted scored 10+ goals vs. 20 different teams, including 23 vs Real Madrid.

Messi goals by opponent 20170423
Before Sunday, Messi had not scored vs. Real Madrid since March 2014.

Messi's winning goal on Sunday came in the 92nd minute; the final quarter hour of matches is, by far, the period in which he scores the most goals.

Messi goals by minute 20170423
Opponents of Messi have been hurt most in the minutes before half- and full-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal earlier this season but Messi reached the landmark at a younger age and in fewer games. Ronaldo was 31 years and 313 days old; Messi was 29 years and 304 days. Moreover, it took Messi 112 fewer games to reach 500.


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