The GOAT debate has taken a twist as Lionel Messi equals a Cristiano Ronaldo goalscoring record after the Argentina and Barcelona captain scored a brace against Alaves on Saturday.
Messi has moved level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 573 open-play goals after scoring twice from outside the box as Barcelona defeated Alaves with a 5-1 scoreline.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored a brace at Camp Nou to help Barcelona thrash Deportivo Alaves 5-1. After a slow start to the current campaign, Lionel has now found his scoring feet having managed 15 goals in 20 league games, with only Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez ahead of him in the La Liga’s scoring charts with 16 goals.
According to michelacosta, Messi’s double means he has allegedly scored 573 open-play goals across his career, which is also the same amount as Cristiano Ronaldo.
Statistically, Messi’s 79.14% of his 724 career goals have come from open-play, with Ronaldo having scored 75.10% open-play goals in his 763 career goals in comparison.
On the other hand, Ronaldo has scored 38 more penalties that the Barcelona legend, while also leading Lionel Messi with number of career free-kick goals, 56 to Messi’s 55.
Congratulations to Lionel Messi for equaling Ronaldo’s goalscoring record!