Insatiable Messi completes another milestone - score in all La Liga stadiums
The FC Barcelona number 10's winner against Atletico on Sunday was his first goal at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Is there something Lionel Messi, the newly crowned Ballon d'Or, can't do? The diminutive forward conquered another milestone in the weekend when he scored against Atletico Madrid in the weekend to ensure he has goals in against all of Barcelona's present La Liga opponents at their homes.
The goal by the Argentina forward in the 86th minute of the game not only earned three points that allowed Barcelona to stay on top of the table, but also fulfilled his pending challenge at the Wanda Metropolitano -- the only stadium in La Liga where he had not scored.
Messi scored a whopping eight times at Atleti’s old Vicente Calderon stadium but was yet to score against the Los Rojiblancos at their new home back. Messi had scored in stadium against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey 2018 final but had not scored in the domestic championship against the colchonero team.
Messi can finally cross out this stadium from his list of ‘victims’. Twenty from twenty, including the Camp Nou, obviously. His most fertile hunting ground over the years has been Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan (12 goals) and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu (11 goals). His tally at the remaining current top-flight stadiums: 10 – Ciutat de Valencia (Levante UD); 9 – Mestalla (Valencia CF); 8 – Ipurua (SD Eibar); 7 – El Sadar (CA Osasuna), Benito Villamarin (Real Betis); 6 – Son Moix (RCD Mallorca), Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal CF), Coliseum Alfonso Perez (Getafe CF); 4 – RCDE Stadium (RCD Espanyol), Reale Arena (Real Sociedad); 3 – Nuevo Los Carmenes (Granada CF), Mendizorrotza (D. Alaves); 2 – San Mames (Athletic Club), Butarque (CD Leganes), Abanca Balaidos (RC Celta), Jose Zorrilla (Real Valladolid).