Lionel Messi: 13 Things He Must Do to Go Down as the Greatest Player Ever

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

Lionel Messi: 13 Things He Must Do to Go Down as the Greatest Player Ever

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    Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona are currently on the football radar. They took football to the limit in 2012 and are poised to do so again in 2013.

    Messi will be in the history books of football and La Blaugrana for his numerous achievements. Regardless, he has more records to break and feats to achieve in order to become the greatest player ever.

    The decision was made to dedicate a slideshow of the achievements pending for Messi. An invitation is sent to Bleacher Report readers to visit the slideshow.

    It is hoped that the slideshow generates discussion on whether Messi can accomplish these feats. In the meantime, please feel free to sit back, relax and enjoy the slideshow.

Break Previous UEFA Champions League Record

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    Lionel Messi is currently the only player to score five goals within a UEFA Champions League match. He did this when FC Barcelona faced Bayer Leverkusen" target="_blank" href="">Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou on March 7, 2012.

    The result was: FC Barcelona 7-1 Bayer Leverkusen.

    Imagine if he could break his own record this year with six or seven goals?

5th Consecutive Ballon DÓr

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    Messi started the year 2013 by winning a fourth consecutive Ballon D'Or.

    What about a fifth consecutive Ballon D'Or?

    Andres Iniesta discussed the idea in an interview with Esport3 (h/t Goal).

92 Goals Within a Year

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    Messi scored 91 goals within one year in 2012.

    What about 92 or more goals within one year?

All-Time Appearance for Barca

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    According to Goal, Xavi made 649 appearances with FC Barcelona.

    Messi appeared 350 times for La Blaugrana.

Break Previous Record of Most Goals Scored for Barca

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    Goal reported that Joan Gamper scored nine goals within one match for Barca.

    Messi will have to break the record with 10 goals scored for Barca.

La Liga All-Time Scorer

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    Zarra scored 252 goals compared with Messi's 192 goals.

    Zarra at the present time is the all-time scorer for La Liga.

All-Time Appearance for La Liga

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    Andoni Zubizarreta made 622 appearances for La Liga compared to 228 for Messi.

All-Time Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

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    Raul made 144 appearances for FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

    Messi appeared 74 times in the same event.

All-Time Scorer in Europe and UEFA Champions League

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    Raul is the all-time scorer for Barca in the UEFA Champions League with 71 compared to 56 for Messi.

    Raul scored 73 goals in European competitive matches compared to 57 for Messi.

FC Barcelona All-Time Scorer in La Liga

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    Paulino Alcantara is the all-time Scorer for La Blaugrana with 369 goals while Messi has 305.

Score More Than 12 Goals for Argentina

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    According to The Guardian, Messi has 12 most goals scored for Argentina within a year. The record is shared with Gabriel Batistuta.

Win Copa America for Argentina

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    Messi needs to win the Copa America for Argentina. It is a dream that eluded him in 2011 when Argentina lost to Uruguay during a quarterfinal match.

Win the FIFA World Cup for Argentina

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    While Messi is a success in Europe, he has to win the World Cup for Argentina, which he has yet to do.

    One attempt was the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Argentina and Germany faced each other. The result was Germany advancing to the semifinals with Argentina finishing scoreless.

    Messi expressed confidence in an interview with AFP (h/t to FIFA) that he will win the World Cup for Argentina. It remains to be seen whether this will occur.