Messi scores 600th career goal with Atletico Madrid strike


Barcelona and Argentina icon Lionel Messi has reached another landmark in his remarkable career after he scored for the 600th time.

Lionel Messi scored from a free kick for his third straight game as Barcelona beat second-place Atletico Madrid 1-0 Sunday to increase its lead at the top of the Spanish league to eight points.

He also set a new record for assists in La Liga last weekend when he set up Luis Suarez in the 6-1 win against Girona, registering his 148th top flight assist and moving past former Real Madrid midfielder Michel (147).

However, Coutinho has attempted to explain that the Brazilian's lack of rest is a contributing factor to his lethargic appearances and that he simply needs rest to put the doubts over his ability to bed - as per Diario Gol, via the Express.

Iniesta now has 10 days to recover before the Champions League second leg against Chelsea.

Atletico threw players forward in the final minutes of the game but could not find the equaliser as Barcelona walked away with the three points.

"He gave us everything we were expecting from him, that's why we were very insisting to get him back with us, he gave us ambition, joy, hard work, passion and obviously an offensive power that gives us more chances to score", Simeone said of Costa.

Even Messi hit the wall with one poor free-kick and then sent a cross-field switch straight into the advertising boards. The Atletico goalkeeper got his fingertips to the ball, but it was not almost enough to keep it from going in.

Atletico's goalkeeper could do little about the opener five minutes later, however.

Sevilla are the side that have suffered most against Messi, with the forward scoring 29 goals in 31 games against the Andalusians, while Sunday's goal against Atletico took his tally to 28 goals in 36 outings against the Rojiblancos.

At the other end, Kevin Gameiro thought he had snatched a point when he rifled home from close range but Diego Costa had been flagged offside. "It will be an important three points to the winners, but not decisive".

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