One more day at the office for one of the best in history as Lionel Messi struck a brace and smashed two mammoth records during the 6-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad last night.
Not only did La Pulga became the player with the most appearances for Barcelona as he surpassed Xavi Hernandez’s record of 767 appearances, but he also achieved the milestone for scoring the most goals in a single top-flight league in Europe with 467 goals in La Liga.
It’s a shame that it took such a long time for Ronald Koeman to figure out the ideal system as Lionel Messi has been playing with a smile again since the change to a 3-4-3 formation.
Besides the Barcelona talisman, the likes of Busquets, Griezmann, Alba and Dest have seen menacing improvements in their conduct. Though, Messi continues to dominate the proceedings this year with 22 goal involvements in 12 games so far in 2021.
Here’s the updated list of Lionel Messi’s achievement in football so far –
- 734 goals
- 309 assists
- 34 trophies
- 55 freekicks
- 54 hattricks
- 50 league goals in a season
- 73 goals in all competitions in a season
- 91 goals in a calendar year
- 7 Pichichi
- 6 Golden Boot
- 6 Ballon d’Or
- 6 FIFA Best Player
- 2 UEFA Best Player