Lionel Messi's equaliser in the
Catalan derby against Espanyol
on Sunday was the Argentine's
400th goal for Barcelona.
Luis Enrique's side fell behind
to Sergio Garcia's goal, but
Messi levelled with a stunning strike from outside the area
which curled low into the bottom corner to bring Barca
level just before the interval.
That was his 372nd official strike for the Blaugrana and
his 28 in friendlies for the Catalan club meant he had
reached a new milestone as he became the only player in
history to register 400 strikes for a Spanish side.
The Argentine attacker then put Barca ahead with another
special strike in the second half to make it 401 in a total
of 486 games for the club.
With that goal, he also drew level with Cesar Rodriguez on
11 strikes against Espanyol and became the derby's all-
time top scorer with his third (and 402nd for Barca
including friendlies) later in the game as he dribbled
through the heart of the visitors' defence, played the ball
to Pedro and slotted home the return pass with a neat
Gerard Pique and Pedro also scored for Barca on Sunday
in the 5-1 victory at Camp Nou.