Lionel Messi: 10 of Barca star’s records that may never be broken after beating Pelé
Lionel Messi cemented his status as the greatest footballer of all time this week.
The Barcelona superstar found the net in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Real Valladolid, finishing deliciously after an assist from Pedri and making history.
He scored Messi’s 644th goal in the iconic Barcelona colors, meaning that no player has ever scored more times for the same club in football history.
Messi makes history
Uh huh, that’s right, Messi got the mind-blowing record by surpassing the 643 strikes Pelé scored during his time with Santos, who had been alone for almost half a century.
This is the latest reminder that while it has by no means been an easy year for Messi, the Argentine is only a few games away from showing people why he is one of the greatest.
And when the sad day comes when Messi hangs up his boots and we no longer have the eye test to see his shine live, it’s records like these that will fight his case in the GOAT debate.
Messi’s unbeatable records
Also, it’s hard to imagine a world in which Messi’s latest achievement might be overthrown, especially considering how increasingly rare it is becoming for players to remain loyal to a club.
But keep that thought for a second because here at GIVEMESPORT we wanted to determine if another Messi statistic deserves the status of being almost certainly unbreakable.
Well, it’s fair to say that the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, so buckle up and enjoy at least ten of Messi’s staggering accomplishments below that we can’t imagine ever being surpassed:
1. The greatest number of consecutive Ballons d’Or
We are inclined to think that Messi’s total of six Ballon d’Or wins will also remain unbeatable, but we are absolutely certain that the four consecutive awards he won between 2009 and 2012 will remain unmatched.
2. Most goals in La Liga history
With 450 goals barely believed in 498 games, we think it’s nearly impossible for anyone to ever revise that tally as Cristiano Ronaldo is trailing almost 150 goals in second place.
3. Most goals in a Champions League knockout match
Do you see a world in which someone scores a double treble in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition? Me neither, so I think Messi’s goal against Bayer Leverkusen is pretty safe.
4. The most goals in a single La Liga season
Ronaldo may have arrived a few times from this feat on two occasions, but given he’s just as foreign in footballing greatness, we believe Messi’s 50 (!!!) strikes of 2011/12 will hold up. the test of time.
5. Most goals in a calendar year
Ah, the one everyone is talking about and rightly so. Messi might as well be in the Guinness Book of World Records in permanent ink, as his stunning 91 strikes from 2012 are surely as safe as houses.
6. The longest scoring streak in history
This feat, however, falls short of the airtime it deserves, as Messi’s streak of 21 consecutive La Liga goals is five times the second-greatest in Gerd Muller’s history.
7. Most goals for a single club
Ah, yes, the record that brings us here. For that invincible record to be even threatened would require one of the greatest footballers of all time to also be one of the most loyal – and we can’t see it happening.
8. 11 consecutive top 3 at the Ballon d’Or
Yeah, how mental is it? Messi’s dominance was such that he was chosen among the top three players in the world every year between 2007 and 2017 and Ronaldo’s nine-year streak is most at risk.
9. Most European Golden Shoe titles
Once again, excuse us for comparing ourselves to Ronaldo again, but if the legendary Portuguese can’t get less than two trophies out of Messi’s incredible total of six, then there is frankly no hope for anyone.
10. Most goals in Clasico history
Yes, things may have dried up for Messi at El Clasico over the past two years, but that doesn’t make his record of 26 strikes, of which no one has come within seven goals, let alone unassailable.
Messi’s Treasure of Greatness
It’s mind boggling to think that Messi racked up even more incredible records that went unchecked, but we’re inclined to think these ten have the best chance of standing the test of time.
Also, whether or not you think Messi is the greatest player in history, you can’t deny that he left an indelible impact on the sport that will be documented in the record books for decades to come.
However, while these records are undoubtedly praise, we are truly the lucky ones to have had the chance to see Messi with our own two eyes and that, too, simply cannot be surpassed.
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