“If Messi had been wearing an Atlético shirt, we would have won,” Diego Simeone said after watching his Atlético Madrid side’s title hopes all but disappear with defeat to Barcelona on Sunday. That statement may not explain Atleti’s lacklustre display but Lionel Messi was decisive and it was the Argentinian’s superb free-kick that secured the vital three points for Barcelona.
Messi’s 600th career goal sent Barça eight points clear of Atlético and with eleven games remaining, the still unbeaten league leaders would need to lose three times.
Barcelona deserved their victory but it came down to another exquisite Messi free-kick, a third in three consecutive LaLiga matches.
💥 With that goal Leo #Messi reaches 600 as a professional! 💥
🔵🔴 539 ⚽
🇦🇷 61 ⚽
👏 Congratulations, Leo! 👏 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/8o7gBNoSaH
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 4, 2018