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11 Outstanding Records Held By Lionel Messi

Barcelona on Thursday confirmed that Argentine star Lionel Messi will be leaving the club following a breakdown in contract talks, ending a 20-year stay which saw him shattering many records and winning several laurels.

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Messi had been in long-drawn contract talks with the La Liga team with reports earlier suggesting he had sealed a five-year deal with them.

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Although the player rarely made comments about the situation, Barcelona’s recent announcement is set to send world football into a frenzy as a host of clubs begin a battle to lure Messi – regarded as one of the greatest players of all times – to their side.

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Messi’s Major Records

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Here are eleven records held by the Barcelona legend:

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1. Record Ballons d’Or wins (6 to date)

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2. Top goalscorer in Spanish League history (474 to date)

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3. Most goals scored for one Spanish League club (474 for Barcelona)

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4. Top overall goalscorer in Barcelona’s history (672)

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5. Top scorer in history for one club (672 for Barcelona)

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6. Top scorer in Spanish ‘clasicos’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid (26)

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7. Most appearances for Barcelona (778)

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8. Most goals scored in a top class league season (50 in 2011-2012)

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9. Top scorer in Argentina’s history 76 (2006 to date)

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10. Record goals scored in a calendar year (91 in 2012)

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11. Record goals scored for a club in a season in all competitions (73 in 2011-2012)

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(NB: The last two records have not been officialised by FIFA)

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