Messi reaches 600 career goals for club and country with superb free-kick goal against Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi guided in a superb first-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 victory over Barca’s nearest title rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, moving the league leaders eight points clear at the top.

It was his 600th career goal and marked a major moment in the Blaugrana’s bid to win LaLiga this season.

The genius has been the scourge of defenders in Spain and across the globe since making his debut professional debut at 17 and his career has now yielded another incredible landmark.

In the process the forward has collected 30 trophies but international honours have eluded the Argentina icon so far, with the 2018 World Cup tantalisingly on the horizon.

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