Lionel Messi's Career in 10 Vital Statistics

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

Lionel Messi's Career in 10 Vital Statistics

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    Lionel Messi has managed 11 goals and seven assists in 16 games this campaign, which represents a slight drop in his exceptionally high standards.

    Yet the Argentinean returned to form over the weekend with a brace in the rain of Seville, which helped him add another record to his long list of unmatchable achievements.  

    His new goalscoring record leads our list of 10 essential statistics from Messi's career so far... 

The Leading Goalscorer for a Single Club

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    Messi's brace at the weekend put his Barcelona tally at 334, a record for the most goals scored with a single club (as per @Barcastuff). 

    He leapfrogged over Telmo Zarra, who managed 333 goals between 1940 and 1955 for Athletic Club. The next closest tally belongs to Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer Raul, who put away 323 goals.  

     

The 5th Highest Goalscorer in La Liga History

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    Messi's tally of 226 La Liga goals is the fifth highest in Spanish history (as per tn.com.ar in Spanish). 

    He is 25 goals behind the aforementioned Telmo Zarra, who managed 251 in Bilbao. He is one goal away from matching Alfredo Di Stefano's total (227) and two away from Raul (228). The second-highest La Liga scorer is Hugo Sanchez (234) who played at Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano

The Youngest Player to Hit 200 Goals

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    Messi may be some way from breaking Zarra's La Liga tally, but he did become the youngest player to score 200 goals in the Spanish league during Barcelona's 5-1 rout of Osasuna in January (as per USA Today).

    He was 25 years and 217 days old. 

An Impressive Away Record

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    Of his 226 league goals, @MessiStats confirm that 123 were scored at the Nou Camp (in 129 games) and 103 on the road (in 133 games).

    This puts his scoring ratio at 0.8 per game away from home. 

A Handy Assistant

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    Messi has provided seven assists in 16 league games this season, the joint sixth-best tally. Neymar, however, has delivered one more and Cesc Fabregas is the league leader with 10 (as per ESPNFC). 

    Yet the Argentinean's career assist record is more impressive. @MessiStats says he has now set up 125 Barca league goals, with Pedro proving to be his favourite recipient (17). 

The Highest-Ever Goal Tally in a Calendar Year

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    In 2012, Messi stunned the world by scoring 91 goals in the calendar year. 

    FIFA, however, do not recognise this incredible achievement as they "do not keep domestic records," according to a comment given to the BBC.

    Of those 91 goals, 79 were for his club, which represented another world record (as per FCBarcelona.com)

The Longest Scoring Streak in Consecutive Games

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    In May 2013, Messi ended a streak that saw him score in 21 consecutive league matches (as per CNN). The run was only broken when he was taken out of a match with Atletico Madrid with an injury. 

    In this hot streak, the Atomic Flea broke another record by becoming the first player to score consecutively against every team in a professional league. 

An Incredible Silverware Tally

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    Messi may have lost his Ballon d'Or crown to his Portuguese adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, but he holds the record for being given the coveted award four times. 

    He also has the most amount of European Golden Shoes (three), four consecutive Champions League golden boots, five consecutive LFP Best Player awards and every Argentinean Player of the Year accolade since 2007. 

A Top Champions League Performer

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    In September 2013, Messi became the first player ever to score four hat-tricks in the Champions League with a triple strike at Ajax (via FCBarcelona.com).  

    He is also the only player to score five goals in a Champions League game after Barca's rout over Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012 and is the only man to score in 20 different cities in the competition. 

    His current Champions League goal tally is 65, putting him just six goals behind all-time leader Raul.  

Argentina's Shining Star

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    Messi will have his best chance yet to lead Argentina to World Cup glory this summer, with international success forming the missing piece of the puzzle in his quest to become an all-time legend.

    Nevertheless, he has bagged 37 goals in 83 international appearances. In his record-breaking 2012, he scored 12 times, equalling Gabriel Batistuta's record from 1998. Batistuta needed 12 games to reach that total, while Messi did it in only nine.

     

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