Lionel Messi has scored exactly 500 goals in his last 500 Barcelona games Barcelona\u2019s Lionel Messi will be remembered as one of the greatest sportspeople in history. His achievements in the beautiful game have been so remarkable that he could hang up his boots tomorrow and it wouldn\u2019t taken the sheen away from what has been a stunning career.\r\nTherefore, every extra game and season we get to see Messi take to the pitch, it feels like a treat and he\u2019s simply sprinkling as many cherries on top of his career as possible. It\u2019s sometimes easy to take Messi for granted and it was similarly simple to forget that he was 32 years old when he romped his way to a sixth Ballon d\u2019Or trophy last year.\r\nMany top footballers find themselves on a steady slide during their late twenties, but Messi was bagging 51 goals from just 50 matches to crown himself the top scorer in European football.\r\nNow, Quique Setien will become the latest Barcelona manager to profit from their star player and he already got a taste of what\u2019s to come during his first game in the Blaugrana\u2019s dugout. Opening up with a 1-0 home win over Granada didn\u2019t exactly have pulses racing, but it was the manner in which Barcelona bagged the winner on 76 minutes that will live long in the memory.\r\nThere was a real throwback to the \u2018tiki-taka\u2019 days of Pep Guardiola with the combination play between Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal, before you-know-who provided the finishing touch. And as the case seems to be with almost every goal of Messi\u2019s, it saw him produce another superb record that one of the club\u2019s official accounts couldn\u2019t help tweeting out.\r\nAccording to Barcelona\u2019s Turkish page, Messi\u2019s goal at the weekend means that he has now scored exactly 500 times in his last 500 games for the Catalans. Messi has also chipped in with 200 assists during the same time period, while his record of 358 wins, 89 draws and 53 defeats hammers home just how successful Barca have been with him.\r\nTo average a goal every game over half a thousand matches is simply staggering and Messi is one of very few footballers in history, if any, who could possibly have managed it. Sadly, though, there won\u2019t be another 500 matches for Messi at Camp Nou, unless he proves himself to be truly alien with some sort of youth elixir.\r\nYou\u2019d like to think that Barca will extend his contract beyond the current terminus of 2021, but it would be naive to ignore the fact that Messi\u2019s playing days are gradually winding down. So, let this serve as the 500th reason to be grateful for the fact we\u2019ve all had the pleasure of watching Messi achieve things that the history books will never do justice.