After adding to his impressive goals tally for FC Barcelona in their 4-4 draw with Villarreal on Tuesday night, Lionel Messi equaled an incredible goalscoring record held by Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi, who is currently the top goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues, came on as a second-half substitute for Ernesto Valverde’s side who came from two goals down to salvage a point in dramatic fashion against the Yellow Submarine.
The Argentine was brought on just after the hour mark and with the score at 2-2, only to see his side concede two further strikes, leaving them on the brink of their first LaLiga loss since suffering a 4-3 defeat to Real Betis in November 2018.
However, Messi netted a 90th-minute free-kick to reduce the deficit, before Luis Suarez’s last-gasp equaliser helped the Spanish giants complete a dramatic comeback.
The 31-year-old’s free-kick strike against Villarreal took his overall LaLiga goals tally to 414, meaning that he is now the joint record holder for most league goals scored in the history of Europe’s top five leagues, along with Ronaldo, according to Spanish football expert Alexis Martin-Tamayo.
While Messi and Ronaldo are neck and neck in terms of career goals scored in Europe’s elite leagues, the Argentine superstar could end up with more goals than his arch-rival given that he is 31 years old, as opposed to Ronaldo, who is 34.