On Thursday, June 24, Barcelona’s star footballer Lionel Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, turned 34. Messi, who has a slew of records to his name, including 34 titles with the club, the most goals for a club, and the most assists, has led the La Liga giants to great heights during his time there.
So, in honor of his birthday, here are some of his notable accomplishments and records:
Messi is the only player in history to win the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, Pichichi Trophy, and Golden Boot all in the same season. In the academic year 2009-10, he achieved this goal.
Messi is the only player to win the Golden Shoe award six times, in 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons.
In addition, Messi has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or six times, the most by any player in history. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019, Messi accomplished this feat. In the list, Messi is followed by Ronaldo, who has won the award five times.
At the age of 22, Messi became the youngest player in Barcelona FC history to score 100 goals in official matches. In 2010, he broke the record. Messi was also the club’s youngest player to score 200 goals.
Messi scored 91 goals in 2012 the most by a player in a single year, 79 with Barça (59 in La Liga, 13 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey, and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup) and 12 for Argentina.
Messi’s most recent and significant achievement came last year, when he surpassed Pelé’s 643 goals for Santos. Messi currently has 672 goals for Barcelona, the most by a football player for a single club.