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Lionel Messi scores his 600th Barcelona goal with a stunning free kick
Lionel Messi scores his 600th Barcelona goal with a stunning free kick

Lionel Messi scored his 600th Barcelona goal on his 683th appearance as the Catalan giants crushed Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Scroll down for career statistics and comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo

Just days after clinching his record 10th La Liga title with the club he's spent his entire career the legendary Argentina star brought up the incredible milestone during his side's crucial Champions League encounter.

Messi struck his 599th in relatively scrappy circumstances, following up on the rebound when the scorer of the first - Luis Suarez - saw his effort hit the cross bar.

But his 600th was fittingly fantastic as he curled in a 25-yard free-kick round the wall and into the top corner to leave Liverpool with a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg.

Here's another view of that goal...

Staggeringly, he's reached the milestone just days after his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo did so on Saturday although he managed it in 118 games fewer than the former Real Madrid star, who currently plays for Juventus.

Under our tribute video of Messi, we compare both legends' career statistics and you can decide who you think is the greatest of all time.

Lionel Messi's club goals record

  • Games: 683
  • Goals: 600
  • League: 417
  • Champions League: 112
  • Other cups: 71
  • Hat-Tricks: 45
  • Penalties: 70
  • Assists: 231

Lionel Messi's goals record including internationals

  • Games: 812 (683 club)
  • Goals: 665 (600 club)
  • Assists: 271 (231 club)
  • Hat-Tricks: 51 (45 club)
  • Penalties: 83 (70 club)

Lionel Messi's international honours

  • Fifa U-20 World Cup: 1 (2005) 
  • Olympic Gold Medal: 1 (2008)

Lionel Messi major awards

  • Ballon d’Or: 5 (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) 
  • Golden Shoe: 5 (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18)

Lionel Messi's club honours

  • La Liga titles: 10
  • Copa del Rey: 6
  • Spanish Supercup: 7
  • Champions League: 4
  • UEFA Super Cup: 3
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 3

Cristiano Ronaldo's club goals record

  • Games: 801
  • Goals: 600
  • League: 418
  • Champions League: 127
  • Other cups: 55
  • Hat-Tricks: 46
  • Penalties: 102
  • Sporting Lisbon: 5 (31 games)
  • Manchester United: 118 (292 games)
  • Real Madrid: 450 (438 games)
  • Juventus: 27 (40 games)
  • Assists: 190

Cristiano Ronaldo's goals record including internationals

  • Games: 957 (801 club)
  • Goals: 685 (800 club)
  • Assists: 218 (190 club)
  • Hat-Tricks: 52 (46 club)
  • Penalties: Ronaldo 110 (102 club)

Cristiano Ronaldo's club honours

  • Premier League titles: 3 
  • FA Cup: 1 
  • English Football League Cup: 2 
  • La Liga titles: 2 
  • Copa del Rey: 2 
  • Spanish Supercup: 2 
  • Serie A title: 1
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1
  • Champions League: 5 
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2 
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 4

Cristiano Ronaldo's international honours

  • European Championship: 1 (2016)

Cristiano Ronaldo major awards

  • Ballon d’Or: 5 (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2008) 
  • Golden Shoe: 4 (2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14 shared with Luis Suarez, 2014-15 - 48)

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