We decide to look at the diminutive Argentinian Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring skills, who many consider the greatest ever footballer. How many goals has Messi scored?!
What are the goals Messi has scored?
At the time of writing, Lionel Messi had scored 696 career goals for club and country. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player with career goals close to Messi’s, but he still leads the pack with 725 career goals. The Portuguese star has played 145 more career games. It is only a matter of time before Messi, two years younger than his opponent, surpasses him.
Messi’s goals stats
In May 2019, Lionel Messi scored the 600th goal for Barcelona in their 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League. It was 14 years ago that he scored his first Barcelona goal. This is one of many remarkable Messi stats that began at age seven when he joined Newell’s Old Boys, where he scored nearly 500 goals over six years.
The diminutive 13-year-old signed with Barcelona’s youth academy, scoring 36 goals in 30 matches in his first entire season.
He rose through the Nou Camp ranks, playing for five Barcelona youth and reserves teams. He scored a total of 36 goals during the 2003-04 season. Before making his debut with the first team at 16, he was 16 years, four months, and 23 days.
Messi, a 20-year-old from Italy, scored his first hat trick in El Clasico against Real Madrid.
He ended the 2010-11 season with 53 goals, 24 assists in all competitions. This made him Barcelona’s highest single-season scorer and the first player to surpass the 50-goal mark in Spanish football history.
Messi broke the 40-year-old German legend Gerd Müller’s record when he set a new form of 91 goals per calendar year.
He scored in 21 consecutive La Liga matches during the 2012-13 season. That season, he only missed four league games.
Messi scored five goals in a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. He also finished the league season as the top scorer with 50 goals in 37 games, including a La Liga record.
He became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in La Liga, surpassing Cesar Rodriguez’s record for 190 league goals.
He overtook Paulino Alcantara’s 369 goals in the next season to become Barcelona’s top goal-scorer in all competitions. A hat-trick against Real Madrid made him the all-time El Clasico top scorer.
In the 2014-15 season, Messi set numerous records, including becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga, scoring the most hat-tricks in Spanish football history, and becoming the first player to become the top scorer in five Champions League seasons.
He scored a record sixth Champions League hat-trick during a 7-1 victory over Celtic in 2017. In a 3-2 win against Real Madrid, his career total for Barcelona reached 500. He also became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer from free kicks with 27 goals.
Messi scored 100th Champions League goal in 2017-18’s 3-0 win over Chelsea. Although he was younger and played less than his opponent, he became the second player to achieve this feat after Cristiano Ronaldo.
He scored his 400th La Liga goal on January 19, 2019, in his 435th league appearance. Messi was the first-ever player to achieve this feat in any of Europe’s top five leagues. He also completed his 50th hat trick that year.
Lionel Messi may be less successful in Argentina than Barcelona, but he is still a great finisher. Messi is Argentina’s most prolific scorer, scoring 70 goals in his 138 appearances and averaging one goal per two games, almost twice the amount of Argentina legend Diego Maradona.
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