He regularly tweets in awe, not always able to fathom what he has just seen from the great man. April 14, 2020 16:19 22:44 min . Incredibly, these have come in just 435 appearances. A goal against Celta Vigo seems almost mundane in the life of Messi but this particular strike in March 2013 was hugely significant. This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. His Twitter header even includes the Argentine smiling along with him and his four sons. Messi’s ability to continue being brilliant for many years is what sets him apart from many of the game’s greats and this stat showcases his excellent consistency like no other. The latest milestone in Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s incredible career was achieved on Sunday. From the start of the 2009/10 season to the end of the 2018/19 term, he managed to score more than 40 goals each campaign. Last season it was 58 minutes. A game typically lasts 95 minutes so that’s almost two every single game. Despite wanting out, Messi will go down as Barcelona’s greatest ever star and has broken a number of incredible records in his illustrious career. Superlatives no longer do Messi justice. Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal on Sunday It is the most for a single club in Europe’s top five leagues. "We didn't expect to finish in this way, but it sums up the year for us," Messi told Spanish television after the match. While this may read for the most part like a Messi v Ronaldo comparison list, it is almost inevitable whatever one does, the other will be mentioned. Barcelona captain Messi shockingly misses out on the top 50, coming in at 52nd while rival Cristiano Ronaldo comes in at 27th. 50. In the current season for Barcelona Lionel Messi gave a total of 187 shots, of which 85 were shots on goal. During three spells with Athletic Bilbao, he has 157. If there are any left, you can guarantee they have already been used on him. Elsewhere on social media, Barcelona uploaded a picture montage of Messi complete with the caption: ‘His goat-ness’. Finally, and perhaps the most impressive record of them all. Gerd Muller previously held the record for most goals in a single season with 67 for Bayern Munich in 1972/73. The shy boy from Rosario, Argentina made the life changing move to Barcelona’s La Masia academy at the age of 13 and has become one of the game’s greatest ever players with more than 700 goals to his name. Lionel Messi shots an average of 0.67 goals per game in club competitions. Incidentally, talkSPORT’s very own Ally McCoist has two European Golden Shoe awards to his name – winning them in 1992 and 1993. Messi cut a dejected figure after a shock home loss to Osasuna in Barcelona's penultimate league match of the season, after which he labeled the side "weak". This was because he managed to score against all 19 LaLiga sides in a row, with the streak starting in November 2012 with Messi scoring two goals against Mallorca. 50) Alexis Sanchez His most recent, in a 5-2 win over Mallorca … (CNN)Lionel Messi continues to ruthlessly tear through the record books. And he’s had plenty of more El Clasico memories to savour, scoring 26 times in the fixture. He knows where the goal is when playing in the Champions League too, scoring 114 times in Europe’s premier club competition. Simply put, Messi is unlikely to ever be caught, let alone surpassed. Passes completed Lionel Messi … To the perplexed, that acronym means greatest of all time. MADRID: Lionel Messi said he will stay at Barcelona but only because the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. Messi has just scored his 400th goal for @FCBarcelona in @LaLigaEN. It would be an astonishing statistic if he were just a goal scorer, but he’s so much more than that. Messi became the fastest player to get to a century of Champions League strikes, doing it in just 123 games during Barcelona’s last-16 victory over Chelsea in the 2017/18 campaign. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. While he’s alive, there’s only Messi, there’s no discussion,” sports scientist Simon Brundish told CNN. talkSPORT.com has had a look at his many impressive feats. England legend Gary Lineker is a known admirer of Messi. Here are the top 50 South Americans to ever grace the game. He could now be set to move clubs this summer, a transfer that would go down as one of football’s biggest ever. Last season his average was 1.04 goals per game, he scored 52 goals in 50 club matches. Everyone took notice when he scored a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw against Los Blancos in March 2007, aged just 19 at the time. Footballers don’t set their sights on breaking Guinness World Records but we feel this one Messi has achieved is more than worthy of a mention. “Messi has currently a goal or assist every 48 minutes. There’s more to Messi’s game than just goals though – the forward has supplied plenty of assists in his career. How lucky are we to have Lionel Messi around? Messi (L) celebrates his second goal with teammates. Their careers and the history they share and have created are so closely entwined. LaLiga's top hat trick scorer. Messi enjoyed a sensational 2011-12, setting a La Liga record of 50 goals in a season and scoring 73 in all competitions, breaking Gerd Muller's European record of 67. pic.twitter.com/n671ZPBphs, — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2019. Lionel Messi doesn't have many records yet to break in his career but he claimed yet another one by winning his seventh Golden Boot as La Liga's top goal-scorer. This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. But he doesn’t lead the way in all-time Champions League strikes though. Messi has won it six times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019), which is more than anyone else. Messi has more than twice as many international goals as Argentina icon Diego Maradona, who bagged 34 goals in his international career. But he still holds the record of most goals for his homeland with 70 strikes to his name. Updated 1033 GMT (1833 HKT) July 20, 2020. Is Bruno Fernandes Manchester United's savior? Impressive, but a considerable way off. It’s recognised as the world’s biggest fixture in club football and it’s absolutely no surprise that Messi has more goals than anyone in Barcelona v Real Madrid matches. Mane scores against Arsenal - but should the Liverpool star have been on the pitch? 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From that 400, the first of which came in May 2005 against Albacete, Messi has 83 braces, 31 hat-tricks and stands 89 strikes clear of Ronaldo (311) in the all-time LaLiga scoring charts. Messi is a long way ahead of Real Madrid legends Alfredo di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are joint-second with 18 goals. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Download the talkSPORT app NOW – the best way to listen live, the debate as to who is the greatest is irrefutable. “There’s only one person. And he also holds the record as LaLiga’s top assist provider ever with 183. The 31-year-old also reached the landmark 63 matches quicker. Counting down the Top 50 goals of FC Barcelona's phenomenal duo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ... Top 50 Goals: Lionel Messi & Luis Suarez. Barcelona legend Xavi is second with 128. Again, it’s Ronaldo who’s closest to him with five. It is the most for a single club in Europe’s top five leagues. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) - … His goat-ness. Even long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo is unable to lay claim to this one and while the Madeira-born superstar may have 409 league goals, they have been spread between, Portugal, England, Spain and Italy with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. The 2011/12 season may have been a slightly flat one by Barcelona’s standards as they only won the Copa del Rey – but it was a phenomenal campaign personally for Messi. “Normally you’re doing well if you get a goal every two games.”. He was also the youngest two-time, three-time, four-time, five-time and six-time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi has hit the headlines this week, handing in a transfer request at Barca following their torrid season. Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-) Apps: 507 Goals: 409, Lionel Messi (2004-) Apps: 435 Goals: 400, Jimmy Greaves (1957-71) Apps: 529 Goals: 366, Gerd Muller (1965-79) Apps: 427 Goals: 365, Steve Bloomer (1892-1914) Apps: 599 Goals: 317, Dixie Dean (1924-38) Apps: 362 Goals: 310. That’s an average of a goal every 68 minutes. There are not enough words in the English language able to do Lionel Messi’s brilliance justice. In 2012, he fired in an incredible 91 goals for club and country, doing it in just 69 matches. Again this shouldn’t be much of a surprise given Messi’s excellent goalscoring exploits but he is out there on his own with European Golden Shoe prizes. Somewhere where Messi has underachieved is at international level, having only won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 with Argentina’s national side. We have lost a lot of points which we shouldn't have done and been very inconsistent. ", FC Barcelona joins soccer documentary craze, Rose Lavelle part of "American Invasion" into WSL, How Thierry Henry has lived racism in football, Lionel Messi and Barcelona: The highs and lows, United star Rashford forms taskforce to fight child food poverty, Angel City: The new women-led football team looking for a Hollywood ending, Champions League returns but not as you've seen it before. The Ballon d’Or is the award that all footballers dream of getting as it shows you’ve got the recognition from your peers. “If you’re saying anyone else, other than Messi, even if he has had a broken leg for a year, or he is dead, or you are lying. "We have been an erratic and weak team, who can be beaten with enough intensity and enthusiasm. Messi finished the season with 25 goals, four ahead of his closest challenger, Real Madrid's, He also recorded 21 assists over the course of the league campaign, breaking the record of 20 previously held by his former Barcelona teammate. His 444 league goals also makes him the Spanish top flight’s all-time leading goalscorer. , — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2019. Ronaldo is ahead of him with 128. This was because he broke the record for most goals in a club season with a whopping 73 strikes in all competitions, 50 of them coming in LaLiga. That’s it, simple and straight to the point. Messi had already broken a goalscoring record for a club season earlier in 2012 Top goalscorer in club season. The Argentine maestro's two goals against Alaves on the final day of the. It also marks the fourth season in a row the Barcelona captain has topped the league goalscoring charts. It is the first time the winner of the Pichichi Trophy has managed fewer than 30 goals since Mallorca's Daniel Guiza 12 years ago. Liverpool v Arsenal updates: Robertson slots home as Reds turn it around at Anfield, Liverpool news live: Watch Mane's 'elbow' on Tierney, Roy Keane makes title prediction, Arsenal transfer news: Updates from clash at Liverpool, huge Aouar development. Yes, 50! Russian footballer hit by lightning is back in training, RB Leipzig's US sensation Tyler Adams driven on by the 'sacrifices' of his family, Time Out: Cesc Fabregas on his career and racism in football, Black footballers too 'scared' to look at social media due to racist abuse, says Zaha, Rival EPL managers criticize Man City's overturned ban, READ: Remembering the life of ex-Real Madrid star killed in car crash, READ: The mystery of the 1998 World Cup final. Messi achieved the milestone in just his 435th LaLiga match, which came against Eibar on Sunday. He’s a long way ahead of second-placed Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 52 times for Argentina. By netting the second in his side’s 3-0 win over Eibar, he becomes the first player to score 400 goals in LaLiga. Messi has won the award six times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019), with Juventus star Ronaldo his nearest rival with four titles. In this ten season span, he scored a mind-boggling 523 goals, an average of over 50 a season. From Pele to Messi and everyone in between, this is a list celebrating the very best the continent has had to offer us. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Artiz Aduriz is next on the list of active goal scorers. Messi has scored more hat tricks than any other player in LaLiga history. Check out the top 50 below. It can’t be true. For some however, the debate as to who is the greatest is irrefutable. Messi is a long way out in front, with Ronaldo second on 311 and Telmo Zarra third with 251.

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