Lionel Andres Messi, arguably the greatest player to have ever entered a football ground. He started his youth career with the Argentine Newell’s Old Boys back in 1995 and was picked up by Barcelona in 2000. From then on there was no turning back for this boy wonder.
Here are his major achievements:
1. In his 10 years(and counting) for Barcelona, Messi has amassed six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
2. He holds the Guinness World Records title for the most goals in a year: 91 goals in 2012
3. Most international goals in a year (club and national team): 25 goals
4. He holds the record for the most consecutive league matches scored in: 21 matches (33 goals)
5. Messi is the first footballer ever to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league
6. Messi is the first and only player to top-score in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.
7. He also has the maximum number of hat tricks in the competition
8. In March 2012, Messi made Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match.
9. The Argentina international holds the record for most La Liga hat-tricks in one season with eight.
10. Messi holds with Batistuta the record for Most Goals Scored for Argentina in One Year – 12.
11. March 2014, with a hat-trick against Real Madrid, Messi became the player with most goals and most hat-tricks in the history of El Clásico.
12. In the La Liga, he has the record for the most goals scored for a single club -354.
13. He has the record for the most goals scored in La Liga in a season: 50 goals
14. He holds the record for the most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks
15. He is also the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals: 25 years