• Messi and Ronaldo have both scored their 700th goal via a penalty
  • Ronaldo achieved the feat in 2019 during Portugal vs Ukraine
  • Out of 700 goals, Messi has scored 630 for Barca and 70 for Argentina

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the world of soccer for close to two decades now. Among the active players, these two are easily the best in the world.

Their fans are always debating against each other to further determine who the better of the two is. When Messi scored his 700th career goal, he became the seventh player to score 700 or more career goals after Josef Bican (805 goals), Romario (772 goals), Pele (767 goals), Ferenc Puskás (746), Ronaldo (746 goals and counting) and Gerd Muller (735 goals).

Among the above-listed players, only Messi and Ronaldo are currently active in soccer.

Messi achieved the feat by scoring in FC Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid at Nou Camp on Wednesday in La Liga. The Catalans’ skipper scored via penalty.

Coincidently, when Ronaldo secured his 700th career goal in 2019, his goal as well came through a penalty, which he scored in Portugal’s UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying game against Ukraine. Unfortunately for the legends, on both occasions, their respective teams failed to win.

While Ronaldo’s Portugal ended up losing 2-1 to Ukraine, Messi’s Barcelona had to settle for a draw.

Out of Messi’s 700 career goals, the forward has scored 630 for Barcelona and 70 for his national side Argentina. He made his professional debut in 2004 when he played his maiden game for Barcelona’s first-team. His international debut came a year later when he made his first appearance for Argentina’s senior team during their game against Hungary. He had a forgettable Argentina debut after he was sent off two minutes later for a foul against Vilmos Vanczák. Messi was reportedly found weeping in the dressing room after this.

Since then, he has come a long way as he now leads both his club and country. While he has achieved almost everything with Barcelona, for which he has been awarded a record six Ballon d’Or awards, he is yet to win anything significant with his country.

As the national team skipper since August 2011, Messi has led Argentina to three consecutive finals: the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa América.

Lionel Messi's 700th career goal was not enough for Barca as they drew with Atletico
Lionel Messi's 700th career goal was not enough for Barca as they drew with Atletico AFP / LLUIS GENE