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.
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 equalizer 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.
Messi presently has 414 goals in the La Liga, being the only league he has played in from inception while a more adaptable Ronaldo has 414 goals in (311 La Liga + 84 Premier League + 19 Serie A = 414).
Both players are still in the Champions League race with their respective clubs while seeking to edge each other in winning the Ballon d’Or a sixth time.