Lionel Messi at 500: His top 10 Barcelona goals so far

As the Argentine attacker approaches his 500th effort for the Catalan club, Goal picks out the very greatest from his many, many goals

Lionel Messi's footballing career has been special, especially for Barcelona fans. As the Argentine approaches his 500th goal for the club, Goal takes a look back at his ten greatest strikes for Barca to date.

10) vs. Manchester United - 27/05/2009

Messi heads in against Manchester United

Messi’s record against English teams, away from English soil, is an impressive one, with 15 goals in his last 16 against Premier League representatives. This, however, was arguably his biggest.

Xavi’s cross found the head of Messi, with his looping effort across Edwin van der Sar leaving the Manchester United goalkeeper with no chance and clearing the way for Barcelona to lift the Champions League.

9) vs. Atletico Madrid - 26/02/2012

Messi celebrates against Atletico Madrid

Messi’s quality caught everyone off guard with this attempt, not least Thibaut Courtois.

Despite not being in a goalscoring position, he looped a free-kick over the head of Courtois, after catching him and the Atletico defence off-guard, when most expected him to line up a cross. 

8) vs. Real Madrid - 10/03/2007

Messi post hat-trick vs Real Madrid

The attacker announced himself on the Clasico scene in typical fashion, ten years ago, with a hat-trick.

The pick of his goals that night ensured his hat-trick. Messi broke through the Real Madrid defence, creating space for himself to allow him to fire a shot across Iker Casillas and into the bottom corner.

7) vs. Athletic Bilbao - 27/04/2013

Messi celebrates against Athletic Bilbao

Messi’s close control was put to the test with this effort - a test which he passed with complete ease.

Thiago played the Argentine into possession, allowing him to see off two defenders and finish with aplomb into the bottom corner.

6) vs. Zaragoza - 21/03/2010

Lionel Messi on a run against Zaragoza

Yet another special solo effort, in which Messi wrestles possession back for Barcelona, before taking another two players out of the game and finishing well past a helpless Zaragoza goalkeeper.

5) vs. Bayern Munich - 06/05/2015

Messi chips Neuer

Another strike that has graced a big Champions League game, although Jerome Boateng probably won’t be watching it too often.

Messi sat Boateng down with a touch through his legs, before leaving Manuel Neuer with little chance with a delicate chip.

4) vs. Arsenal - 08/03/2011

Messi scores against Arsenal

Arsenal’s European woes have been in no way eased by Messi and Barcelona over the years, and this strike goes to prove that.

The ball finds its way through to the five-time Ballon D’or winner, who showed his class, chipping over Manuel Almunia, leaving the path clear to put home, first-time.

3) vs. Real Madrid - 27/04/2011

Messi rides a Xabi Alonso challenge

We've already established that Messi is the master of the solo effort, and this attempt against El Clasico rivals Real Madrid proved that further.

Messi picked the ball from the feet of Sergio Busquets and with that embarked on an astonishing run that saw him beat three men before sending Iker Casillas the wrong way with a low effort across goal to finish the move.

2) vs. Athletic Bilbao - 30/05/2015

Messi celebrates opening the scoring against Bilbao

Yet more magic from the Argentinian, with this strike in the 2015 Copa Del Rey final.

Messi cut in from the right-hand side, beating three, before finishing at the near post past Iago Herrerin, breaking the deadlock and helping Barcelona to a 27th Copa del Rey title.

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1) vs. Getafe - 18/04/2007

Messi on a run against Getafe

A goal that it's hard to believe is ten years old and one that continues to be regarded as one of the greatest ever.

Messi channelled his inner Diego Maradona to beat four players with ease, before rounding Getafe’s goalkeeper to slot home. 

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