The Argentine magician is widely considered as the best player in the world.
Lionel Messi – The name needs no further introduction in today’s world whether you are a football fan or not. The boy from Rosario, Argentina has become a household name because of his skills with the ball and unparalleled goal scoring abilities.
Often considered as the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time (though Cristiano might have something to say about that), Messi has etched his name in bold words across football history. The man’s achievements definitely precede itself and he keeps on making new records every other game.
At Khel Now, we look at five of the best records held by Lionel Messi, which would be hard to surpass for anybody.
5. Won the Laureus World Sports Award
“I am honoured to be the first to win this award being a sportsperson coming from a team sport.” – Lionel Messi after winning the award in 2020
Along with his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is the only footballer to be nominated for multiple Laureus Awards nominations, a total of five times. The Laureus Awards is an honorary award given to athletes from different sporting disciplines to acknowledge their remarkable contribution and achievements throughout the year.
4. The highest number of goals in La Liga
Lionel Messi has a record of 433 goals in LaLiga in over 471 appearances for the club. The lifelong Barca man has an outstanding goal scoring record of 0.92 per match. He is over a 100 goals ahead of his closest competitor Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 311 goals and now with Ronaldo having left La Liga for Serie A, there is no present threat to his record and I daresay from the future players as well.
3. Most consecutive goals scored in League matches
Messi scored an incredible 33 goals in 21 consecutive league games in the 2012-13 La Liga season. His goalscoring run started in November 2012 and ended when he failed to score against Atletico on the final matchday of the season.
He scored against every team in the league and failed to score in only four league games during that period. The second-best record in Europe’s top five leagues belongs to Gerd Mueller who scored 22 goals in 16 consecutive games for Bayern Munich in 1969-70 season.
2. Most assists in football history
Apart from being a prolific goalscorer, Messi is a versatile playmaker as well. He holds the record for most assists in football history. With an all-time record of 166 assists in LaLiga and 13 in Conmebol’s Copa America, he has made over 275 official assists for both club and country.
1. Most number of Ballon d’ Or wins and the youngest player to win four consecutively
With a total of six Ballon d’Or titles, Leo Messi holds the distinction of most Ballon d’Or wins by any footballer, followed closely again by his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo who has five. But what stands out again here is the fact that he was the youngest to win four consecutively in 2009 till 2012.
He was only 25 years 6 months and 15 days old when he lifted his 4th Ballon d’Or title. Knowing how competitive the game is becoming every passing year with more and more players laying a claim for possible candidature, it is unlikely that Messi’s record will ever be touched.