The greatness of Lionel Messi is unquestionable, we all know about the ballon d’ors, the goals , the trophies, however there are alot of records he holds that nobody talks about or seems to remember.
This article will however , talk extensively on those untold records of Lionel Messi.
WORLD CUP GOALS IN THREE DECADES
since the beginning of his career as a child, Messi has played in 4 world cups, scoring in 3 of the world cups. Lionel Messi was just 17 years of age when he scored his first goal, in 2006, in his first career world cup in Germany.
He scored 4 goals in Brasil in the 2014 world cup when he was 27 years old. He set the record in 2018 against Nigeria when he was 31 years, scoring yet in another world cup match.
The only world cup he did not record a goal was South Africa 2010 when he was age 23.
MOST CONSECUTIVE GOALS FROM OUTSIDE THE BOX
This feat was achieved by Lionel Messi in 2018, where he scored from outside the box in 6 consecutive games. The clubs he scored these goals from were ; Leganes, Sevilla, Bilbao, Atletico, Las Palmas and Genoa.
MORE FREE KICK GOALS THAN ANY CLUB
Messi has scored 24 direct free kicks since 2015/2016, which is more than any club in the top 5 Leagues, yes more than Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
This feat has created debates among football lovers, sparking the question of ” is Messi the best Free kick taker in the world?”
MOST LA LIGA GOALS AS A SUB IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Lionel Messi recorded his 22nd La Liga goal as substitute after scoring off the bench against Leganes. He has scored off the bench more than any other player in this century.
SCORED AND ASSISTED IN EVERY COMPETITION
IN 2011/2012, Barcelona played in 6 different competitions, Messi set Yet another recordby scoring and assisting in every single one, no player has ever achieved the same feat, not even Cristiano Ronaldo.
GOLDEN BALL IN EVERY TOURNAMENT
Lionel Messi and Golden ball are now best of friends, as they are no stranger to each other. He’s won it at every international Tournament , 2005 under 20 world cup, 2008 Olympics, 2015 Copa America, 2014 world cup. He may not have won a major title with Argentina, but he’s always shown his brilliance.
- MOST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HAT-TRICKS
Messi scored a record 8th Uefa Champions League hat trick in 2018/2019, at that time, his hat-trick was one more than his rival , Cristiano Ronaldo, however Cristiano Ronaldo has since equal Lionel Messi’s Record.
The question is who will break the record this season?
Lionel Messi is an extra ordinary player, who still has more records to set before his retirement from professional football.