Lionel Messi Scores 500th Goal, Puts Barcelona Top of Table
It was Messi by a mile. The Argentine soccer superstar helped his Barcelona team beat archrivals Real Madrid 3-2 in Sunday’s El Clasico. It was a cagey back-and-forth affair, broken when Messi, 29, snatched the victory in stoppage time with the 500th goal of his career. The pressure is on Madrid now: While they’re still a game up, Barça holds the head-to-head advantage. Statisticians have now nearly doubled Barcelona’s odds to a 40 percent chance of retaining their La Liga title.