Top scorer for a single club (and in LaLiga): Considering only the official matches in the history of football, Lionel Messi has accumulated a huge amount of goals: no less than 734 in 910 games between Barcelona and Argentina in total. Only for Barça did the 663 official goals put the Argentine at the top of this list. Speaking specifically of the Spanish Championship, shirt 10 has played 511 matches for the Catalan club so far and scored 467 goals, surpassing Gerd Muller’s record in national tournaments (365 in 427 games for Bayern in Germany). That, not to mention that he is the player who most often was top scorer for LaLiga, with seven trophies.
It is present in the “Book of Records”: Despite being the player with the most Golden Balls in history and the second who raised the most trophies from Espanyol (10), being just two from Real Madrid idol Paco Gento, aged 12, Messi is in the famous “Book of Records” by another motive. In 2012, shirt 10 made history by scoring an impressive 91 goals this season, being the athlete who most rocked the nets in a single year. It is worth remembering that of this amount, 50 goals were only in LaLiga, which leaves him in the position of greatest scorer in a single edition of the national.
Player with the most hat-tricks in LaLiga: The greatest scorer in the history of Barcelona and the Argentine national team, he is also the owner of the largest number of hat-tricks, when the player scores three goals in the same match, in the history of Spanish football. After all, in 36 opportunities, the Argentine star “took the ball home” in the Spanish Championship, just surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s record (34), obtained in December 2019. On six other occasions, Messi still managed to score four goals. That, not to mention that he has scored at least 20 goals for 13 seasons in a row, which represents another record for his vast list.
He has scored almost 30 head goals: Contrary to what many may imagine, Messi is not as short as he looks. However, even though small in the face of the great defenders of the European leagues and national teams, the 1.7m Argentine has already managed to balance the opposing networks in 24 head chances. The most remembered of them, most likely, is the one marked on May 27, 2009, against the then Manchester United of Cristiano Ronaldo, in the middle of the Champions League final.
Grows in big game: Lionel Messi grows when the game is important. Especially if it is classic against the main Spanish teams. Proof of this is that his 700th career goal came against Atletico Madrid, the Argentine’s second biggest victim, with 32 goals conceded. Simeone’s team is only surpassed by Sevilla, who conceded an incredible 38 goals from shirt 10. Valencia completes the podium, seeing Messi send the ball to the back of the net in 29 opportunities. While Real Madrid, the main opponent at Spanish and world level, is fourth on the list with 26 goals. Espanyol, Catalunya’s local rival, complete the top-5 with 25 goals against.
(BONUS) He never won a professional title for his country: Early in his career, Lionel Messi led Argentina in winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in China in 2008, in addition to the FIFA U-20 World Cup three years earlier. In professional, there were four vices, three in the Copa America (2007, 2015 and 2016) and one in the World Cup (2014).
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