Messi scores 500th goal: Barcelona star nets milestone

Some sources have Messi netting 14 times for the Argentina Under-20s side and twice for the Under-23 side.

Barcelona aims to rebound from its disappointing Champions League quarterfinal elimination to Spanish rival Atletico Madrid when it returns to La Liga (Spain's first division) action against Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Three weeks ago Barcelona were 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 12 ahead of Real Madrid and it looked certain they would celebrate the title, reports Xinhua.

Valencia were then 2-0 up in first-half stoppage time through Mina, who collected a through ball on the left and shaped his right-footed shot around a charging Bravo and inside the far post. However, a wounded Barcelona are expected to ease past Gary Neville's former club and get their La Liga campaign back on track.

And in the short term, Messi is only focused on winning everything in front of him.

Ayestaran is now at the helm and has won one and lost one of the league games that Valencia have played under his charge although things will be a lot tougher this weekend.

Five goals and five different scorers as Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all netted.

In contrast to Barca's collapse, Atletico are flying in the final stages of the season as Fernando Torres struck his fourth goal in as many games in a routine win over Granada. "We are not in our best moment, but I have no complaints at all with the players' attitude".

Valencia found themselves very much holding on at this stage, but Rodrigo had a big opening of his own to make the breakthrough after being smartly played through, yet he rather rushed his shot and failed to even find the target from the edge of the opposition box. Because Barca host Valencia on Sunday and then face a tough trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday - and there is now no margin for error after Atleti and Madrid moved back into contention for the title. All of have enjoyed incredible seasons, but they're starting to run out of steam at the business end of the year.

"As I said before, I do not know when it will be, or whether I will or not", Messi continued.

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