Leo Messi, FC Barcelona's historic record breaker (2023)

Leo Messi is a legend. The Argentine star holds all of the main records in FC Barcelona history. He has the most appearances for the team. He he scored the most goals, He has won the most wins. And, most important of all, he has won the most titles in the club's 121-year history.

But it's not club records he has set. It's not just Spanish records. The player has smashed a number of European and world records, some of which few people believed could ever be beaten in the modern era. But Messi is no ordinary footballer. he is the GOAT. The following facts prove it:


The only player in history to win the Ballon d'Or, FIFA World Player, Pichichi Trophy and Golden Boot in the same season. It happened in the 2009/10 season.

Player with the most Ballons d'Or. He has won six. They came in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019

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Leo Messi with his six Ballon d'Or awards

Youngest player to win three Ballons d'Or. He was 24 years, 6 months and 17 days old when he won the third on January 9, 2012.

Player with the most Golden Shoes. Has won six. They came in the 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

Top scorer in a season in official competitions. He scored 73 goals in 2011/12 (50 in the League, 14 in the Champions League, 3 in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and 2 in the Club World Cup)

All-time top scorer in a calendar year. He scored 91 official goals in 2012. With Barça, 84 (59 in the League, 13 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Super Cup) and with the Argentine national team, 12. He also managed another 5 in friendlies with Barça, which would see the figure rise to a total of 96 goals

Record of international goals in one year. He scored 25 goals in 2012 (13 in the Champions League and 12 with the Argentine national team), and shares the record with Vivian John Woodward, who scored 25 in 1909.

Top scorer for the same club. As of May 27, he has 672 goals, surpassing the 643 that Pelé scored with Santos between 1956 and 1974

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Longest scoring streak in the league. He scored 33 goals in 21 consecutive matches from matchday 11 to 34 in the 2012/13 league season.


Top scorer in a European League since the establishment of the Golden Shoe trophy in the 1966/67 season. Set the record by scoring 50 goals in La Liga 2011/12

Player who has scored against the most teams in the Champions League. He has scored against 36 different opponents, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo's 35


Player with the most domestic and international titles. He has 35 since 2002. There are 10 leagues, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 7 Copas del Rey, 4 Champions Leagues, 3 Club World Cups and 3 European Super Cups.

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Player with the most Pichichi Trophies in the Spanish league. He has won87. He did it in the 2009/10, 2011/12, 212/13, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons

Top scorer in the Spanish League. As of May 27, 2021, he has 474 goals in 520 games

Top scorer in history. As of May 27, 2021, he has 709 in 836 games

Top scorer in official competitions. As of May 27, 2021, he has 672 goals

Top scorer in international competitions. He has 128 goals: 120 in the Champions League, 3 in the European Super Cup and 5 in the Club World Cup

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Top scorer in any edition of LaLiga. Scored 50 goals in the 2011/12 league season

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Figures updated 18 March 2021

Top scorer at home in a season in official matches: Leo Messi scored 46 goals in all competitions at the Camp Nou during the 2011/12 season

Top scorer at home in a season in LaLiga. He scored 35 goals at the Camp Nou in the 2011/12 league season

Top scorer away from home in a season in LaLiga. Scored 24 away goals in the 2012/13 league season

Most consecutive away league matches scored in. He scored 24 goals during 15 consecutive away games in the 2012/13 league season

Top scorer in LaLiga's second round. Scored 28 goals in the second half of the 2011/12 league season

The only player who has been both top scorer and top assist provider in the same season. He scored 50 goals and supplied 15 assists (tied with Real Madrid player Özil) in the 2011/12 league season. He also did it in the 2017/18 league campaign (34 goals and 12 assists, matched in goals with Luis Suárez and in assists with Pablo Fornals, from Villarreal) and in the 2019/29 league season (25 goals and 21 assists)

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Absolute top scorer in a season. He scored 73 official goals in 2011/12 (50 in the league, 14 in the Champions League, 3 in the Cup, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and 2 in the Club World Cup) and 2 more in friendly matches

Most games scored in during a league season. He scored in 27 different games in the 2012/13 league campaign (46 goals), equaling the mark of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who also scored in 27 games in the 2011/12 season

First to score in an entire round in the league season. He scored 30 goals in 19 consecutive matches in the 2012/13 campaign, from day number 11 to 29

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Player with most hat-tricks, four-goal and five-goal contributions in official competition. March 22, 2021 sees him with 48 (41 hat-tricks, 6 four-goal hauls and one five-goal game)

Player with the most hat-tricks and four-goal contributions in the league: 36. He has scored a total of 31 hat-tricks and 5 four-goal hauls in LaLiga throughout his career

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League season with all opponents scored against. He scored against all the teams in the 2012/13 LaLiga campaign, equaling the mark of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in 2011/12

Player who has scored against most teams in LaLiga. He has scored against 38 different opponents in the Spanish top-flight, surpassing the record of 35 held by Raúl González and Aritz Aduriz

Player with the most direct free-kicks scored in LaLiga. He has scored from 38 direct free-kicks in the league

Player with most wins in official competition. As of May 27, 2021, he has 542 wins. Xavi is second with 476 victories

Player with most wins in the Spanish league. As of May 27, 2021, he has 383 wins in the domestic competition

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Player with most El Clásico's played. As of May 27, 2021, he has played a total of 45 matches against Real Madrid (29 in the league, 8 in the Copa del Rey, 2 in the Champions League and 6 in the Spanish Super Cup).

Player with most El Clásico goals. As of May 27, 2021, he has scored 26 goals against Real Madrid (18 in LaLiga, 2 in the Champions League and 6 in the Spanish Super Cup)

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Player with most official matches played. As of May 27, 2021, he has played 778 since his official debut

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Player with most appearances for Argentinian national side. As of 29 June he has played 148 times for Argentina, beating Javier Mascherano's record of 147.

Player with most matches played in the league. As of May 27, 2021, he has played 520 since his official debut in October 2004

Youngest player to score 100 goals in official matches. He reached the figure on January 16, 2010, when he was 22 years old

Youngest player to score 200 goals in official matches. He reached the figure on November 1, 2011, when he was 24 years old

Top scorer in the European Cup / Champions League. He has 120 goals, almost 100 more than all his main pursuers

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Figures updated 18 March 2021

Only player in the history of the club who has scored in six official competitions in one year. Messi scored in all six competitions in 2011, equaling the feat achieved by Pedro Rodríguez in 2009

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Player with the most goals scored in an edition of the Champions League. Leo Messi scored 14 goals in the 2011/12 Champions League. The record for the competition is held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who made it 17 in 2013/14

* All data is correct as of May 27, 2021


What records did Messi break? ›

Messi's international records
  • Most Argentina caps: 172.
  • Most Argentina goals: 98.
  • Most caps for South American nation: 172.
  • Most goals for South American nation: 98.
  • Youngest Argentinian to score at a World Cup: 18 years 357 days.
  • First player to score in four different World Cup tournaments for Argentina.

What record did Messi break in La Liga? ›

Messi's other La Liga records: Most career league assists: 192. Most assists made in a season: 21, Lionel Messi (2019–20) Most league goals scored in a calendar year: 59, Lionel Messi (2012)
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Who is the most record breaker between Messi and Ronaldo? ›

At the club level, Messi holds the record for most goals in La Liga with 474. In total, including clubs and country, Messi has scored 793 goals in 1,003 appearances. He also has 350 assists to his name. On the other hand, Ronaldo has scored 819 goals in 1,145 appearances for both club and country.

How many El Clasico has Messi lost? ›

In his 44 Clásicos so far, Messi has registered 19 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats.

Who broke the most records in football history? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo has the most number of wins in football history.

What is the most unbreakable record in football? ›

Here's a list of 10 such records that will never be broken.
  • Most Goals by a Goalkeeper. ...
  • Most goals scored. ...
  • 5 European Cups in a row. ...
  • Highest attendance at a football game. ...
  • Highest score in a match. ...
  • Least wins in a Premier League season. ...
  • Most appearances over a career.
Dec 5, 2020

What is Messi highest scoring season? ›

- Messi has set the world record for a goals in a single calendar year, with a grand total of 91, beating the previous all-time best set in 1972 by Germany and Bayern's Gert Müller, who got 85. The Argentinian got 79 goals for Barça and another 12 for his national team.

What records did Messi break in 2012? ›

And not a bad 2012 for the 25-year-old from Rosario, Argentina. During the calendar year, Leo scored a record 91 goals combined in all competitions for Barcelona and the Argentina national side, shattering the mark of 85 tallied by Gerd Muller for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

Who has the best La Liga record of all-time? ›

La Liga all-time top scorer is Lionel Messi with 474 goals, all for Barcelona. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season with 50 in the 2011–12 campaign, and is the only player ever to win the league's top scorer award in eight different seasons.

Did Ronaldo break more records than Messi? ›

Messi is the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga and also has the record for the most assists but Ronaldo is the all-time top goalscorer and assist provider in the Champions League, yet the pair of them are the first two players to score 100 goals in Champions League history.

Who is statistically better Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Overall, Cristiano Ronaldo has more career goals than Lionel Messi currently. While Ronaldo has netted 820 goals in 1,148 matches, Messi has scored 802 goals in 1,030 games.

Who is GOAT cr7 or Messi? ›

Messi and Ronaldo have similar enough trophy hauls, but Messi edges things when it comes to league titles, having won La Liga 10 times with Barcelona and Ligue 1 once with PSG.

How many El Clasico wins does Messi have? ›

Comparing the Clasico Records of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Who is the king of El Clasico? ›

Who is the king of El Clásico? Leo Messi is the all-time top scorer with 25 goals, eight ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Isah Muwa and 759 others like this.

What is the biggest win in El Clasico history? ›

Almost 80 years ago in the 1942/1943 campaign, Real Madrid ran out 11-1 winners against Barcelona. To this day, this crazy match boasts the prize of being the biggest win in the Clasico. The 11-1 rout happened in the semi-final, second-leg tie in the Copa Generalisimo, today's Copa del Rey, on June 13, 1943.

Does Messi have 80 Guinness World Records? ›

Messi has 3400+ Guinness world records, while ronaldo has 156 at most.

Who is the No 1 player in football history? ›

#1. Lionel Messi (PSG & Argentina) (Total Football Goals: 804) 18 Dec. 2022. Lionel Messi, playing in his 2nd Football World Cup final, won against Mbappe and France.

Is Messi in Guinness Book of records? ›

Apart from taking over the World Record Egg as Instagram's most liked post with over 68 million likes and counting, Messi had also set five Guinness World Record titles during the tournament.

Which record Cannot be broken? ›

There is one sports record, however, that will never be beaten: Uwe Hohn's javelin throw of 104.80 meters. Hohn changed the sport with that throw back in 1984, and experts believe it's a record that will never be broken.

What is the biggest blowout in football history? ›

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Which goalkeeper has never conceded a hat trick? ›

Valdes has never conceded a hattrick. Is it a myth?

What was the best Barcelona season ever? ›

After selling off high-profiled players such as Deco and Ronaldinho, Barcelona played scintillating football throughout the season, winning the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League. Guardiola's 2008-09 Barcelona is widely considered to be one of the best teams of all time.

How many Guinness records Messi have? ›

Lionel Messi just won the World Cup with Argentina, but there is something else for him to be proud of- he now has two Guiness World Records.

What is Messi prime year? ›

Previously, we considered 2011-2013 as his personal peak. It's nothing short of astonishing that 31-year-old Messi is currently operating at a similar level to those years, statistically at least. Plenty of top-level players have extended their peak years into their thirties, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

What were Messi's best years? ›

The most productive season of Messi's club career to date was 2011/12 when he scored 73 Barcelona goals in 60 games, including 50 in 37 in La Liga. Messi has averaged more than a goal a game in five of his club seasons to date.

What season did Messi score 73? ›

On the eighth anniversary of his final strike of the 2011-12 campaign, Sports Mole takes a look back at Lionel Messi's legendary 73-goal season for Barcelona.

Who is the fastest player to score 300 goals in La Liga? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to reach 300 goals in LaLiga. Muaz Jimeta and 8,951 others like this.

Who has more trophies Barca or Madrid? ›

How many league titles have Real Madrid and Barcelona won? Real Madrid continue to lead the way, having won 35 league titles to Barcelona's 26. The Catalans have caught up in the last few decades though, having won six more leagues than Los Blancos since 1990.

Who is the fastest player scored 100 goals in La Liga? ›

Three days after Lionel Messi became Barcelona's all-time leading scorer, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit back with a record of his own by becoming the fastest player to reach 100 goals in the Spanish league.

Who is goat of football history? ›

At Qatar 2022, Lionel Messi took a major step to securing his legacy as the greatest player in the history of football by finally lifting the biggest trophy of them all – the World Cup.

Who is the king of football all time? ›

Pele, regarded as the greatest player in the history of football, has an unmatched legacy. He was not only the best player during his prime years, but was also the highest-paid athlete in the world. He was part of the three World Cup victories for Brazil.

Who has most Guinness World Records in football? ›

Ronaldo has set three other Guinness World Records titles since the 2022 World Cup began. The day after the tournament started, he became the first person with 500 million followers on Instagram.

Where does Messi rank all time? ›

#1 Lionel Messi (Argentina) - seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Who is the best player in the world all time? ›

Lionel Messi has been named the greatest footballer of all time following his World Cup win. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner effectively completed football by leading Argentina to the 2022 World Cup.

Who is a better playmaker Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Between the two, Messi has consistently been the better playmaker. As a result, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he has more assists than Ronaldo does. Ronaldo has only assisted two goals, while Messi has assisted six.

Who is God of football? ›

Diego Maradona, known as the God of football, produced mind-boggling exploits on a weekly basis for club and country. Maradona, who scored 352 goals for club and country, is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time.

Who is No 1 Ronaldo or Messi? ›

Who is better Messi Or Ronaldo? Ronaldo has scored more goals and won two 'Best FIFA Men's Player' awards, but Messi has won more Ballon d'Or awards (7). Messi has spent most of his playing career in Spain, while Ronaldo has played in Portugal, England, Spain, and Italy.

Who is the king of football skills? ›

superstar Lionel Messi is regarded as the king of dribbling skills in football. Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for being the best footballer in the world over a calendar year seven times over the course of his career, which is the most in the history of world football.

Who has more El Clasico goals Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - Who has better stats in El Clasico?
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What are the five biggest wins in El Clasico history? ›

10 Greatest Real Madrid-Barcelona Clasico Clashes
  • Real Madrid 0-3 FC Barcelona, 2005. ...
  • FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, 1994. ...
  • Real Madrid 5-0 FC Barcelona, 1995. ...
  • 2011 Champions League Semifinal. ...
  • 1960 European Cup Semifinal. ...
  • 2002 Champions League Semifinal. ...
  • Real Madrid 5-0 FC Barcelona, 1953. ...
  • Real Madrid 0-5 FC Barcelona, 1974.

Did barca beat real 15 1? ›

In 1926, FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 15-1 on aggregate. Niko Javakhishvili and 1,703 others like this.

Who defeated Barcelona most? ›

What is Barcelona's biggest ever Champions League defeat in history? Barcelona's biggest Champions League defeat is that 8-2 loss against Bayern.

Who is the fastest goal scored in El Clasico history? ›

Here are eight records which have defined the era. Karim Benzema holds the record for netting the fastest ElClasico goal in LaLiga Santander in the 21st century. The Lyon-born striker took just 21 seconds to beat the FC Barcelona goalkeeper and enter the history books of LaLiga Santander's ElClasico.

Who scored most goals against Barcelona? ›

To date, Aspas has scored 133 La Liga goals in 284 appearances. Out of them, 10 goals have come against Barcelona, the most by any player against the Catalan club.

Did Real Madrid beat Barcelona 11 0? ›

On 13 June 1943, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 11–1 at the Chamartín in the second leg of the Copa del Generalísimo semi-finals (the Copa del Presidente de la República having been renamed in honour of General Franco).

What is the biggest win in Barcelona history? ›

Biggest Wins
1Apr 8, 196210:1
2Sep 11, 194910:1
3Dec 22, 20119:0
4Jan 14, 19799:0
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How many records does Messi have in his career? ›

Until leaving the club in 2021, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 35 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues. With his country, he won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

How many world records does Messi hold? ›

According to sources and the Guinness website, Lionel Messi possesses as many as 60 Guinness World records to his name.

How many Guinness records does Messi hold? ›

Lionel Messi just won the World Cup with Argentina, but there is something else for him to be proud of- he now has two Guiness World Records.

Is Messi the most complete player ever? ›

"I think of Leo Messi," he told Gazzetta dello Sport when asked who he would most like to play alongside. "He is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well. If we were in the team together, the opponents should worry about two players, not just one! Today, Messi is the most complete player."

Who is the highest Guinness World Record? ›

As of 2017, Furman has set more than 600 official Guinness Records and currently holds 530 records, thus holding the Guinness world record for the most Guinness world records. He has been breaking records since 1979.
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