Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi kept the GOAT debate alive with sensational goals on the same day. Messi, who reached 700 career goals, scored with a cheeky panenka spot-kick to reach the milestone and become only the seventh player in football’s history to have achieved the feat. Miles away, Ronaldo scored a screamer to take Juventus to 3-1 win over Genoa and maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Serie A point table as the club chases a record ninth successive league title. Messi though wasn’t so lucky and despite his milestone goal, Barcelona played a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid, virtually knocking themselves out of a third straight La Liga title. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Screamer Helps Juventus Win Serie A 2019-20 Tie Against Genoa by 3-1, Netizens Hail The Portugal Star (Watch Goal Video).
But despite the disappointing result, Messi was brilliant individually. The Argentine, who turned 33 two weeks ago, also ended his three-match goal drought with a penalty goal that also made him only the second active player after Cristiano Ronaldo to score 700 or more career goals for club or country. Messi has scored 630 times in 724 appearances for Barcelona and added another 70 in 128 caps for Argentina. Lionel Messi Scores 700th Career Goal During Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 2–2 La Liga 2019–20 Draw, Twitterati Hail the Argentine on Incredible Achievement (Watch Video).
Two Legends Scoring on Same Night
🤩 Two living legends scoring on the same night.
⚽️ The only active players who have 700 career goals.
🐐 We need to appreciate Messi and Ronaldo both while they're still playing. pic.twitter.com/KfOPpCWQeq
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) June 30, 2020
Meanwhile, Pele Knows They Are Coming for His Record
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a banger,
Messi scores his 700th career goal.
Pele right now: pic.twitter.com/6CpkRySGF3
— P/R Football (@prfootbaII) June 30, 2020
- Goles: 700
- Goles: 728
— Ju@n Mancuso 🎤2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣🎤 (@ttmthits) July 1, 2020
It's 2020 And They are Still in the Headlines
Mad that it’s 2020 and football headlines are still filled with Messi and Ronaldo this many years on
— foley (@foley11462326) July 1, 2020
— FCBarcelonaFl #StayHome 🏡 (@FCBarcelonaFl) July 1, 2020
From a Messi Fan to Ronaldo Fan
Message to Ronaldo fans: When I tweet about the brilliance of Messi, it doesn’t mean I don’t admire Ronaldo. Message to Messi fans: When I tweet about Ronaldo, it doesn’t mean I don’t admire Messi. It’s possible to love both of these super human footballers. Enjoy them both. 👍🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2020
Lionel Messi joins Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players to reach 700 goals.
GOAT era. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/m1oZbRJCVz
— strong nation (@strongnation123) July 1, 2020
In Exclusive List
Lionel Messi se convierte en el séptimo jugador que llega a los 700 goles oficiales en la historia.
Josef Bican: 805 goles
Romario: 772 goles
Pelé: 767 goles
Ferenk Puskás: 746 goles
Gerd Müller: 735 goles
Cristiano Ronaldo: 728
Lionel Messi: 700 goles. pic.twitter.com/DgLs2pmf7b
— Joel Datos (@JoelDatos) July 1, 2020
Ronaldo though is far ahead and had already reached the 700-goal mark in 2019. On Tuesday, he scored his 725th goal with a spectacular strike from outside the box to double Juventus’ lead. The club eventually won the game 3-1 with Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa also getting on the scoresheet.
Ex-Czech Republic and Austria footballer Josef Bican leads the all-time list with 805 career goals followed by Brazilian Romario (772), Pele (767), Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas (764), Germany’s Gerd Mueller (735), Ronaldo (725) and now Lionel Messi (700) as the only seven players to complete 700 or more career goals in football’s history.
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