Lionel Messi brings up 500 goals for Barcelona and Argentina

Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal when he netted in Barcelona's 2-1 defeat by Valencia on Sunday.

The Argentine tapped home the landmark goal from Jordi Alba's cross midway through the second half at the Nou Camp, although it wasn't enough to prevent a third consecutive loss for Luis Enrique's side.

Messi's strike ended a rare personal drought of four games without a goal, but it was still his 26th in 28 games in 2016.

His overall tally includes an astonishing total of 450 goals in 525 appearances since breaking into Barcelona's first team back in 2004, with the remaining 50 coming in 107 games for Argentina.

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The 28-year-old's most prolific season came in 2011/12, when he netted a jaw-dropping 82 times for club and country, and he has surpassed the 60-mark in two of the last three campaigns.

Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading scorer, and he also tops the charts in La Liga history, with 309 goals putting him well ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on 256.

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Messi will be aiming to add to his tally when Barcelona bid to get their La Liga title charge back on track against Deportivo La Coruna live on Sky Sports 3 HD on Wednesday evening.

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