The footballing God, the Argentine Leo Messi is already considered as the greatest football player of all times. He began his career at Barcelona under the Dutch manager and former player Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard where he used to play at wings. As he began to show his talents, he was given chances often, and eventually, he was raised up to the starting XI. The manager was replaced and Messi got the central position in attack and went on to take the footballing world by storm. On his way, he has achieved massive things and created such records that are almost impossible to be broken. Here we have made a list of top 10 records by Lionel Messi.
10. Top Scorer of UCL in 4 Consecutive Years:
From the treble winning season, Messi began to score the most goals in Champions League every year till the season 2011/12. He has a total of 43 goals to his name in these with 9 goals from the season 2008/09, 8 from the season 2009/10, 12 from the season 2010/11 and 14 from 2011/12. He was the driving force of his team and won 2 Champions League trophies during this period. No player has ever done this and this is Messi’s record.
9. Most Goals and Most Assists in El Classico:
Since Messi has made his debut, Barcelona is enjoying dominance over their arch rivals Real Madrid. Leo has been Real’s worst nightmare ever. He has destroyed them several times. Currently, he has scored 21 goals in all El Clasicos he has played and has provided 13 assists in total. He has also scored 2 hat-tricks in the rivalry which no one has ever been able to do.
8. Most Goals in a Year with Country:
Even though critics label Messi as a flop for his country, he has still scored a large number of goals with the country and has carried the attack on his back. He has the record of scoring the most amount of goals in a single calendar year with Argentine National team. No one has ever managed to score this amount of goals in a single year.
7. Most Goals in a Single Season:
2011-2013 has been personal best for Lionel Messi. He has emerged out on top as a great goalscorer. Messi won the golden boot in the season 2011/12 and created a record for most number of goals in a single season with the club scoring 73 goals in all competitions. His golden boot is the best ever and no one has been more been more destructive in a single season.
6. FC Barcelona’s Top Scorer:
Club’s legend Cesar Rodriguez played for the club from 1942–1955 and managed to score 232 goals for the Catalan club. This figure remained a record in the club’s record books until Messi broke the record in 2012. Currently, Messi’s goal tally for the club is at a mark of 453 and he is yet to play a long more. At the end of his career at Barcelona, he must have reached a big mark which would be almost impossible to be broken. Following goal is the goal when Messi equalized the record.
5. 5 Goals in a Single Champions League Game:
7th march 2012 is the day when Lionel Messi created an all-time record in the Champions league by scoring 5 goals in a single Champions league match against Bayer Leverkusen. Cristiano Ronaldo has been able to score 4 goals against Malmo but never scored 5.
4. Most Goals in a Year(2012):
2012 is the year when Messi became the goal king by surpassing the mark of Gerd Muller by scoring 92 goals in 2012. Muller previously had the record on his name. He had 85 goals in a single year.
3. La Liga’s Top Scorer of All Times:
Lionel Messi is currently all time top scorer of La Liga with 312 goals. He surpassed Zara’s record of 251 goals in La Liga but Messi broke the record with a hat-trick against Sevilla in the season 2014/15. Goal below is the record breaking goal.
2. 4 Consecutive Ballon d’Or:
Messi has won the most number of consecutive Ballon d’Ors with the tally of 4. He began winning the award back in 2009 and won 4th in 2012. This is his one of the biggest records he has set in his career.
1. 5 Ballon d’Ors:
The biggest achievement or record created by Messi is that he has the most number of Ballon d’Or on his name i.e. 5 which most won by any player in the history of the game. Second most by a player are 3 titles on the name of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has shown in his entire career that he is the greatest player in the history of football.
Top 10 Records by Lionel Messi in his Entire Career
10. Top Scorer of UCL in 4 Consecutive Years
9. Most Goals and Most Assists in El Classico
8. Most Goals in a Year with Country
7. Most Goals in a Single Season
6. FC Barcelona’s Top Scorer
5. 5 Goals in a Single Champions League Game
4. Most Goals in a Year (2012)
3. La Liga’s Top Scorer of All Times
2. 4 Consecutive Ballon d’Or
1. 5 Ballon d’Ors