Ligue 1: Lionel Messi scores 700th club goal & Mbappe ties PSG record
Lionel Messi scored his 700th club goal as Paris St-Germain defeated championship rivals Marseille to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1.
Argentina’s captain became only the second player in Europe’s top five divisions, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kylian Mbappe scored twice to tie Edinson Cavani for the PSG record of 200 goals.
PSG now leads the league by eight points.
Mbappe opened the goal in the 25th minute, thanks to a Messi assist.
Only four minutes later, the France striker returned the favor, allowing Messi to tap home at the Velodrome.
He then linked up with the Argentine to volley his second of the match 10 minutes into the second half.
That brought the 24-year-old to a century of goals for PSG, matching former teammate Cavani, in less than 250 games since joining from Monaco in 2017.
Messi has now scored 28 goals for PSG since joining from Barcelona in December 2022.
He is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, having scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barcelona, which he joined as a 13-year-old.
He has won the Ballon d’Or a record seven times and 35 trophies with Barcelona, before adding two more with PSG.
Messi, 35, is anticipated to be named Fifa Best on Monday.
Ronaldo achieved the 700-goal mark earlier this season while still at Manchester United before departing for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, where he now has 701 European club goals.
Messi is also Argentina’s all-time leading scorer, with 98 goals, and is on track to become only the third player in history to score 100 goals for his country.