Lionel Messi has revealed that it will be special to score his 500th career goal in Saturday’s Clasico at Camp Nou when Barcelona hosts bitter rivals Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old, five-time Ballon D’Or winner has 499 senior career goals for the Catalan club and currently regarded as one of the greatest players of all times.
The Argentine is chasing the milestone in a game that could effectively crown Barcelona Champions as they are currently ten points ahead of third placed Madrid and nine points above second Atletico Madrid with eight games left to the end of the season.
“It would be a nice moment to reach that figure against Real Madrid. It would be nice to win to stretch our advantage,” he said.
Messi scored his 50th international goal from the penalty spot in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Bolivia on Tuesday and expressed delight.
“I’m happy with the six points, which were our objective in these matches,” he added. “The welcome we received was nice. Again the fans gave us a lot of support.”
Despite the injuries that plagued the Argentine at the start of the season, he has racked up 22 goals in the La Liga but Ronaldo still leads with 28 goals.