Lionel Messi is often regarded as one of the best players to have played football. The Argentina international have always surprised us with his magical skills on the field and his ability to annihilate the opposition defence is known to all sundry.
He rose through the ranks at Barcelona and has been a consistent performer for the club – and thereby earning a legendary status in the footballing circuit.
And now FootTheBall takes a look at the ever-growing list of European records that Messi have broken so far in his illustrious footballing career.
MESSI EUROPEAN RECORDS
- Most league goals for a single club in Europe’s top 5 leagues 366 goals
- Most official goals for a single club in Europe’s top 5 leagues 530 goals
- Most European Golden Shoe awards: 4 (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
- Most goals scored against a single opponent in the Champions League 9 goals against Arsenal (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo (against Bayern Munich))
- Fastest player ever to reach 300 goals in Europe’s top 5 leagues (334 games)
- Youngest player to reach 100 appearances in the Champions League
- Youngest player ever to score 400+ goals for a single European club (27 years and 300 days)
- Most league goals scored in a season: 50 goals
- Most goals scored in a season (club): 73 goals
- Most goals scored in a year (club): 79 goals
- Most hat-tricks in UEFA Champions League: 7 hat-tricks (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
- Most hat-tricks in the group stage in a single Champions League season: 2 hat-tricks (shared with Luiz Adriano and Cristiano Ronaldo)
- Highest scorer in a UEFA Champions League game: 5 goals (shared with Luiz Adriano)
- Only player to score in 23 different cities in the European Cup
- Highest scorer in UEFA Super Cup: 3 goals (shared with 8 other players)
- Most free-kick goals in UEFA Super Cup: 2 free-kick goals
- Youngest player to finish as UEFA Champions League top scorer: 21 years old (2009)
- First player to score 5 goals in a single UEFA Champions League game