Lionel Messi becomes the top scorer in the top 5 European divisions.
In a historic moment that reinforces its status as a footballing great, Lionel Messi exceeded Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues. The playmaker of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) achieved this feat in a crucial game against Strasbourg Saturday night. Following a decisive pass from Kylian Mbappe, Messi found the way to the nets at the 60th minutethus marking its 496th club goal. This remarkable achievement comes more than 18 years after his first goal for Barcelona, on May 1, 2005.
The record goal of Messi is of great importance for the PSGas it allowed him to win his 11th league title under the guidance of Christophe Galtier. Although the PSG could only get a 1-1 draw against Strasbourgthe result proved to be enough to win the championship.
With this last triumph, Messi also became the most decorated player in world football, sharing the record with his former team-mate FC Barcelona, Dani Alves. The seven-time Ballon d’Or can now boast an astonishing collection of 43 major trophies over his illustrious career.
However, this historic goal could also mark the last achievement of Messi under the jersey of PSG, since he is ready to leave the French capital when his contract expires. The Argentinian superstar is expected to bid farewell to the Princes Park next week when the PSG will host Clermont for its last match of the season.