#Messi500 breakdown: How Clasico winner took Messi to new heights

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Lionel Messi was at his record-breaking, breathtaking best on Sunday as a stunning late strike helped Barcelona to Clasico glory over Real Madrid and moved him to 500 goals for the Catalan giants.

A devastating finish, so typical of the Argentine master, put Barca top of LaLiga as they try to overhaul Madrid in a domestic season of capital dominance.

But the strike served to once again highlight Messi's status as one of the all-time greats as Barca's record goalscorer became the first LaLiga player to net 500 goals for a single club.

Using Opta data, we break down the stunning statistics behind Messi's latest mind-blowing milestone.


HOW HE SCORED THEM

Left foot: 402
Right foot: 74
Head: 22
Other: 2


WHERE HE SCORED THEM - Top 5

Camp Nou: 284
Santiago Bernabeu: 14
Vicente Calderon: 13
Riazor: 10
Mestalla: 9


WHO SET THEM UP - Top 5

Dani Alves: 42
Andres Iniesta: 34
Xavi: 31
Pedro: 25
Luis Suarez: 25

 

Grande todo el equipo ESPECTACULAR el esfuerzo de todos con el mejor de la HISTORIA felicitaciones amigo !!!!!! @leomessi The team was great! Everybody's effort was SPECTACULAR  With the best player in HISTORY Congratulations my friend !!!!! @leomessi

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WHO CONCEDED THEM - Top 5

Diego Alves: 21
Gorka Irazioz: 18
Iker Casillas: 17
Andres Fernandez: 15
Andres Palop: 12


IF MESSI SCORES, BARCA...

Win: 275 (86.70 per cent)
Draw: 30 (9.50)
Lose: 12 (3.80)

 

THE MILESTONE MOMENTS

14.Mar 3 2007 - Barcelona v Real Madrid: Messi's first in El Clasico. He goes on to score a hat-trick, including a 90th-minute equaliser.

19.Apr 18 2007 - Barcelona v Getafe: Comparisons to Diego Maradona are cemented as Messi dribbles though an entire Getafe defence to score a goal eerily similar to his legendary compatriot's solo stunner against England in the 1986 World Cup.

80.May 28 2011 - Manchester United v Barcelona: Messi scores the second goal in a 3-1 demolition of the Premier League giants in the Champions League final.

228.Mar 7 2012 - Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen: Messi becomes the first player to score five goals in a single Champions League game.

252.May 5 2012 - Barcelona v Espanyol: Racking up four goals in this city derby makes Messi the first player to hit 50 in a LaLiga season.

313.May 5 2013 - Barcelona v Real Betis: The last goal in a 4-2 win sees Messi score for the 21st game in succession - a LaLiga record.

347.Mar 23 2014 - Real Madrid v Barcelona: Another Clasico hat-trick takes Messi beyond Alfred Di Stefano as the fixture's record goalscorer.

368.Nov 22 2014 - Barcelona v Sevilla: His 251st in LaLiga, surpassing Telmo Zarra as the league's all-time top scorer.

500.Apr 23 2017 - Real Madrid v Barcelona: It does not get much sweeter, Messi brings up his 500th Barca goal with a last-gasp Clasico winner at the Santiago Bernabeu to breathe new life into the title race.