Lionel Messi scores 600th career goal

Lionel Messi scores 600th career goal

Lionel Messi scores 600th career goal

Lionel Messi (R) scores a freekick during the Spanish league football match against Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 04, 2018. Messi so far has 31 goals and 16 assists this season and Simeone said: [Messi] is extraordinary form.

Lionel Messi brought up yet another landmark on Sunday when he scored his 600th career goal for club and country in Barcelona's game against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.

While Iniesta apparently struggled with right thigh discomfort after an early contact with Sime Vrsaljko, Messi got Barcelona on the scoreboard with a superb free kick that Oblak's best effort could not block at the right high corner.

Ernesto Valverde's side are unbeaten in their 26 league games this season but though victory against their closest challengers would leave them eight points clear at the top, the Spaniard insists the showdown will not decide the title.

"Costa brings all we expected from him - ambition, hard work passion and attacking power which gives us more possibilities", he said.

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A dodgy February for Barcelona saw them drop four points in draws with Espanyol and Getafe, as well as a draw with Chelsea in the Champions League. Suarez and Messi combined for five goals in Barcelona 6-1 win against Girona last weekend.

Barca have more recently been linked with the forward.

The Catalan giants continued to dictate play in the remaining stages of the first half but they failed to add to their ally and went into break leading by one goal. "We have to be strong and fight for each ball as if it were the last". Defensively, Diego Godin and Luis Gimenez will be crucial if the away side are to keep Barcelona quiet.

But after a transfer ban was implemented on the Spanish club, the 26-year-old made a decision to stay at Madrid.

The La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be broadcast live on beIN Sports. A narrow four-man midfield including Gabi, Koke, Saul and Thomas Partey will do battle with Barca's midfield men whilst a frightful front two of Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann will look to bag the goals.

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