The World Cup winner is in remarkable form since the quadrennial tournament.
Lionel Messi had one of his best seasons in 2022, completing the season with the prize he most aspired to. Messi put up a remarkable performance in World Cup 2022, carrying Argentina to the title with seven goals and three assists. Messi also shattered several World Cup records, becoming Argentina’s all-time leading scorer in the tournament. He had a great season for Paris Saint-Germain, with 12 goals and 14 assists across all competitions.
As 2023 begins, there are many more milestones for Lionel Messi to break, and the player’s major goal is to lead PSG to their first Champions League title. Messi has the potential to break a number of records, which we have mentioned below.
6. 800 goals (7 more)
Lionel Messi might end the 2022-23 season with 800 goals, having scored 793 goals for the club and national team in 1003 games. Messi has been a prominent player since making his debut for Barcelona in 2003. Lionel Messi has made scoring goals look so effortless, and his records are absolutely staggering. Despite being 35, he has maintained at the peak of his game, and we should expect the superstar to easily hit 800 goals by the conclusion of the season. The 35-year-old has 672 Barcelona goals, 23 PSG goals, and 98 Argentina goals.
5. 700 club goals (5 more)
This season, Lionel Messi has the potential to set yet another ridiculous record. The 2022 World Cup champion already has 695 club goals in 831 games. Only five more goals would bring the former Barcelona star to 700 club goals. Despite this, Messi has hit 672 goals in 778 games for Barcelona, whereas with PSG he has only managed 23 goals in 53 appearances. However, the winger has continued to impress this season, collecting 12 goals in 19 games for PSG across all competitions.
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4. 400 club assists (13 more)
He is not just a goal scorer, but also a facilitator. Messi owns the record for most assists in Europe with 387, and 13 assists this season or year might set a new record for the superstar. Although the five-time Ballon `d’Or winner has changed to a creative role this season and has tallied 14 assists in 19 appearances across all competitions for PSG this season. It won’t be surprising if he delivers another 13 assists to record an incredible 400 career assists.
3. 500 league goals (13 more)
Although Messi may not be able to score 13 goals in 2022-23, he may be able to accomplish this in 2023-24, but he is guaranteed to do so this year. The 35-year-old presently has 487 league goals, with 474 for Barcelona in 520 La LIGA outings and 13 for PSG in 39 Ligue 1 appearances.
2. Most UCL assists (3 more)
Lionel Messi is often considered a complete footballer, and he is on the verge of breaking yet another Champions League record. The player has 40 Champions League career records in 129 games, and three more would make him the competition’s all-time assister, with Cristiano Ronaldo occupying the top spot with 42 assists. And the four-time Champions League winner has four assists in five outings this campaign and is on the edge of setting another record at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
1. 100 international goals (2 more)
Argentina’s leading scorer, Lionel Messi, has now led his country to the World Cup victory in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The former Barcelona player has 98 goals in 172 appearances for La Albiceleste, winning the Copa America and FIFA World Cup in a half and year for the South American powerhouse. Lionel Messi only needs two goals to reach a century of goals for Argentina, and he also ranks third on the all-time list of best international scorers.