• Drew Farmer


Some incredible stats for the Argentine.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s career in football may be winding down as results and performances have indicated over the last season. He may still have a few years left on the football pitch, but the Argentine’s legacy is already sealed. Messi has set records galore at Barcelona during his decade-plus time in the first-team. Many of these records will never be broken unless a generation talent such as Messi comes along once more.

40 goals or more per season for 10 consecutive seasons

Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions during the 2009-10 season. It sparked a decade-long run of scoring 40 goals or more in 10 consecutive seasons. It is a remarkable figure that is unlikely to ever be broken. From 2009-10 to 2019-20, Messi bagged over 40 goals with the record finally being broken in the 2019-20 season, when he scored 31 goals. His best season during that decade of scoring was the 2011-12 season in which he scored 73 times in all competitions.

Longest scoring run in La Liga in history

The 2012-13 La Liga season saw Messi score in 21 straight games for Barcelona. His run of scoring began in November 2012 and went to May of 2013. Messi scored 46 goals in La Liga during the season as Barcelona won La Liga.

Most goals in a single calendar year

While goals scored in a season are often the true test of a player’s success, the number of goals scored in a single calendar year from January to December is also considered a top feat. In 2012, Messi bagged an outrageous 91 goals in a 12-month period. Messi’s record of 91 goals broke the previous best set by Gerd Muller. The German struck the back of the net 85 times in 1972.

First player to score five goals in a Champions League game

Scoring five goals in a single game is quite the achievement no matter what level of football. But Messi did it at the highest level, scoring a quintet of goals against Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The feat occurred on 7 March 2012 in the first-leg of the teams’ last-16 tie. Messi was the first player to score five times in a game as the feat was replicated just two years later when Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano bagged five.

Seven-time Pichichi trophy winner

Messi is the all-time Pichichi trophy winner with seven wins. The forward passed Telmo Zarra in 2019-20 by claiming his seven top scorer award. With Cristiano Ronaldo no longer playing in La Liga, Messi won four straight Pichichi trophies from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

Single La Liga season top scorer

No player has scored more goals in a single La Liga season than Messi. The Argentine bagged 50 league goals in the 2011-12 season, setting a new record by an individual player. Messi appeared in 37 goals averaging 1.4 goals per game for the Blaugrana. The Argentine finished the La Liga campaign just four goals ahead of rival Ronaldo in the race for the top goalscorer mark. Messi’s tally beat the previous record set by Ronaldo the season prior.

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