On October 16, 2004, a 17-year-old Argentine was preparing to make history in one of the most important teams, not only of the Spanish league but of the European league. This is Lionel Messi, who with 15 years of career, has given us many triumphs and has left many achievements in this sport that has millions of followers.
Lionel Messi, during a match with the Argentine national team. / Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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From triumphs, incredible goals and magical abilities with the ball, the Argentine returns to write in the history of soccer, obtaining two more records in the same match. With a track record full of titles, an article would not be enough to name all his records. However, in LatinAmerican Post we mention not only the most recent but the greatest ones.
1.Gol against 33 different teams
For the match of day 3 of the group stage of the Champions League; Three minutes after starting the game against the Slavia Prague team, the Argentine opened the scoring, setting a new record.
It was not because of the speed, but because this goal allowed him to be one of the select players, who during his time in the Champions League managed to score 33 different teams. Messi joins two former Real Madrid players: Cristiano Ronaldo and Raúl González.
2. 15 seasons full of goals
Not happy with the above, the triumph of Barcelona over the Czech Republic team also allowed Messi to be the first player in the history of the competition to score in 15 consecutive seasons.
According to the Barcelona news portal, only seven teams have been able to dodge Messi's goals: Rubin Kazan, Atlético de Madrid, Benfica, Udinese, Levski Sofía, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, in this prestigious competition.
3. A new record in La Liga
Following the same line, Messi becomes the first La Liga player to score in 16 consecutive seasons. In the 90 years of one of the most popular competitions in the world, the event occurred in the match against Sevilla.
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4. The top winner of the Golden Boot
One of the most important awards in the football world is the Golden Boot, which is awarded by several European sports media and rewards the top scorer of the top-class European leagues.
In this case, the Argentine is the player with the most prizes awarded, being the first one received in the 2009/2010 season. Since 2016, he has won the prize continuously. It is expected that for next season he will remain the top scorer.
5. Top scorer of the Argentine National Team
In June 2004 Messi debuted under the Argentine shirt in the U-20 team, after rejecting the offer to be a player of the Spanish team. After his gratifying step through the U20, he was summoned for the absolute selection.
His first goal with the national team came in March 2006, before a friendly against Croatia. Since that time he has scored 68 goals with the Argentines.
6. More official goals in a year
One of the best seasons for Argentina was in 2012. That year he won the Guinness World Record for scoring the most official goals in a year, including both his club and the national team.
Leo Messi tiene el récord Guinness por más goles oficiales en un año: 91 goles (2012) pic.twitter.com/j4wN65I3Gu— Barça Football & Sports (@racsozerimar8) April 7, 2016
He scored 91 goals in 69 games and, according to Mundo Deportivo, made 59 in La Liga, 13 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup, and 12 with the Argentine national team.
7. Top scorer in a classic
Taking advantage of the fact that the famous Spanish classic was postponed to be played on December 18, 2019, before the demonstrations that take place in Barcelona, the Argentine is the biggest scorer among one of the most important matches in the world of football.
This is how Messi, who debuted at age 18 in a classic, has scored 26 goals in 41 games of the classic. In addition, Messi, along with Busquets, are one of the select players who can boast of having won more classics.