This weekend saw Lionel Messi break yet another La Liga scoring record. The outstanding player has now scored at least 20 goals in La Liga in eight seasons, a feat which no other player has matched.
This time he scored twice in Barcelona’s 4 – 0 win against Eibar to take his goal tally to 21 this season.
Messi's 2016 pic.twitter.com/HJmwJVrafg
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) March 13, 2016
While no other player can match Messi’ record, Cristiano Ronaldo is close behind with 20 or more goals across seven La Liga seasons while Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Quini and Telmo Zarra all scored twenty or more times in six seasons.
This is just one of many records that Lionel Messi holds. He has won more FIFA Ballon d’Or awards than any other player with 5 to his name. He has the joint most appearances in the FIFPro world XI at 9 with Cristiano Ronaldo. He can also claim the most goals scored at the Club World Cup at 5 goals.
Perhaps his most impressive record in the Guinness World Record for the most official goals scored in a calendar year at 91 goals. Furthermore, he is also the first footballer ever to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league.
The list of Messi’s achievements goes on and on. But amazingly there are a few records that he is yet to claim. Messi is not the holder of many of the records relating to European Cup Finals which may be hard for him to claim as his team will need to reach the final. However, Barcelona currently looks on track in the Champions League and if they reach the final it wouldn’t be surprising to see Messi knocking a few goals home.
Given his track record it is no surprise that it was recently reported that Barcelona is working on a contract which would keep him at the club until 2022,effectively ensuring that he won’t play for any other clubs.