A Look at Some of Lionel Messi's Most Impressive Records

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 17, 2013

A Look at Some of Lionel Messi's Most Impressive Records

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    Lionel Messi holds an obscene amount of world football records. Too many to comprehend, perhaps.

    I've picked out five of the most impressive to discuss and share, but I'd also be interested to hear which record you feel is the most valuable or impressive.

    After all, the greatest footballer ever to have graced this beautiful game will be remembered by a common few. Which should they be?

Scored in Most Consecutive La Liga Games

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    Lionel Messi holds the record for the most consecutive games on the scoresheet in Spain's top domestic league.

    What's even more impressive is that the record—standing at 14—is ongoing, and should the Argentine continue to score in each game he plays, that number will rise.

Top Barcelona Scorer in History

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    At the time of writing, Lionel Messi has bagged a total of 301 goals in all competitions for Barcelona.

    That's nearly 100 more than Barcelona legend César, over 100 more than freescoring Laszlo Kubala and more than double Samuel Eto'o's tally in a Blaugrana shirt.

    And he's only 25.

Most Goals in a Single UEFA Champions League Game

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    On March 7, 2012 Lionel Messi put five past Bernd Leno's Bayer Leverkusen as he smashed the record for most goals scored by one player in a UEFA Champions League game.

    He scored a variety of goals—he even bagged one with his right!—and contributed heavily to the eventual 7-1 scoreline.

Hat-Tricks Galore

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    Lionel Messi is the master of scoring more than one goal per game. If it's not a brace, it's a hat-trick, and he holds all the records when it comes to triple-hauls.

    In 2011-12 he scored the most La Liga hat-tricks ever in one season with eight and holds the record for the most La Liga hat-tricks in total with 16.

    He's also netted the fastest hat-trick of any Barcelona player in Spain's top domestic league, bagging three in just 30 minutes against Mallorca.

Four Consecutive Ballon d'Ors

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    The must unbelievable achievement of all is another personal one for Lionel Messi, as he became the only player ever to secure three and four consecutive Ballon d'Or trophies.

    Zinedine Zidane and Luis Ronaldo won three throughout various points in their career but were never rewarded for the high levels of consistency that Messi has achieved.