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Messi scores the 800th goal in victory over Panama


Lionel Messi He scored his 800th career goal for club and country in Argentina’s 2-0 friendly win over Panama in Buenos Aires on Thursday night.

After hitting the free-kick post twice, Messi made his third attempt past Panamanian goalkeeper José Carlos Guerra in the 89th minute to reach the 800-goal mark and wow the packed crowd at the Estadio Monumental.

The Argentinian superstar entered the game needing just one goal to reach the milestone after scoring his 799th goal in PSG’s Ligue 1 win over Nantes on Saturday.

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Messi hits the mark shortly after being named Best FIFA Men’s Player after leading Argentina to the 2022 World Cup title in Qatar. He also celebrated scoring the 700th goal of his club career last month.

It was Argentina’s first game since beating France in Qatar last December and the team was hailed by the local fans. Qatar’s entire team attended the match and had their pictures taken in front of the replica World Cup trophy before kick-off, while Messi, manager Lionel Scaloni and others brought their families to the stadium.

According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), Messi is only the second man to reach the milestone of 800 career goals, after Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 38-year-old Portuguese star scored his 800th goal in December 2021.

However, there is some dispute between other sources due to historical inconsistencies in the classification of “official” goals scored in “official” competitions. big brazilian Pele he claims to have scored over 1,000 goals during his career.

Messi, 35, spent the first 17 years of his senior career at boyhood club Barcelona, ​​where he scored an incredible club-record 672 goals in 778 appearances.

His 474 goals in LaLiga are still a record for the Spanish first division.

Since leaving Barcelona due to the club’s financial problems and joining PSG in the summer of 2021, Messi has scored 30 goals for the French champions.

The Rosario native has scored a further 98 goals internationally for Argentina, including seven goals in Qatar when they lifted the World Cup for the first time.

He has been named FIFA’s Best Men’s Player a record seven times.

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