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Messi

Messi  was born in Rosario, Argentina, 24 June 1987) is the greatest player of all time and FC Barcelona record setter. Trained at La Masia, he will always be associated with Barça as the greatest player ever to wear the blaugrana shirt.

Career

  • Seasons at the Club: 2003-2021
  • Appearances: 778
  • Goals: 672

Honours with FC Barcelona

  • 3 FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011, 2015)
  • 4 UEFA Champions League (2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15)
  • 3 UEFA Super Cups (2009/10, 2011/12, 2015/16)
  • 10 Spanish leagues (2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 7 Copas del Rey (2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2020/2021)
  • 8 Spanish Super Cups (2005/06, 2006/07, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2016/17, 2018/19)
  • 4 Catalan Cup (2004-05, 2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14)
  • 2 Catalan Supercup (2014-15, 2017-18)

Honours with Argentina

  • 1 Olympic gold (2008)
  • 1 Copa América (2021)

Individual awards

  • 1 Laureus (2020)
  • 1 FIFA World Player (2009)
  • 1 The Best FIFA Football Award (2019)
  • 2 UEFA Player of the Year (2010/11, 2014/15)
  • 1 World Soccer Award Best Player (2015)
  • 6 Ballons d’Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019)
  • 4 Golden XI (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018)
  • 6 Golden Shoe (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 8 La Liga top scorer (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21)
  • 6 Top scorer UEFA Champions League (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 i 2018/19)
  • 9 MVP LaLiga (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 1 Golden Boy (2005)
  • 1 Bravo Trophy (2007)
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Most important individual records

  • Only player to win Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player, La Liga top scorer and Golden Shoe in same season (2009/10)
  • Player with most Ballons d’Or
  • Player with most Golden Shoes
  • Player with most Pichichi Trophies
  • Top goalscorer in a season in official competition (73 goals in 2011/12)
  • Top goalscorer in calendar year (91 goals in 2012)
  • Top goalscorer at one club Club (672 goals)
  • Longest scoring streak in La Liga (33 goals in 21 consecutive matches 2012/13)
  • Player with most matches  for Argentina
  • All time top goalscorer in La Liga (474 goals in 520 matches)
  • Top goalscorer in a single La Liga season (50 goals in 2011/12)
  • Player with most hat-tricks in La Liga (36)
  • Player with most goals form a free kick in La Liga (39 goals)

Player with most wins in official competition (542 wins in 771 matches)

Trained at La Masia, he will always be associated with Barça as the greatest player ever to wear the blaugrana shirt

On an individual level Messi began to set records as a youngster and never looked back. The Argentine has made more appearances than anyone, 778, scored more goals, 672, provided most assists, 305 and won most trophies, 35.

Other records included 91 goals in a calendar year, beating Gerd Müller’s record from 1972 as well as surpassing Pelé’s record for one club total of 643 goals.

With the Argentina national side Messi played in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018) as a Barça player, losing in the final in 2014 in Brazil against Germany. He has also played in six Copa Américas (2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021), losing in the final in both 2015 and 2016 to Chile on penalties before finally claiming a major honour for his country with the win over Brazil in the 2021 final. In the summer of 2008 he also played at the Beijing Olympics, and came home with a gold medal.

In the summer of 2021 the love affair between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi came to an end and the Barça number 10 brought an end to his career which has been him become a life long legend for FC Barcelona.

Career

  • Seasons at the Club: 2003-2021
  • Appearances: 778
  • Goals: 672

Honours with FC Barcelona

  • 3 FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011, 2015)
  • 4 UEFA Champions League (2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15)
  • 3 UEFA Super Cups (2009/10, 2011/12, 2015/16)
  • 10 Spanish leagues (2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 7 Copas del Rey (2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2020/2021)
  • 8 Spanish Super Cups (2005/06, 2006/07, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2016/17, 2018/19)
  • 4 Catalan Cup (2004-05, 2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14)
  • 2 Catalan Supercup (2014-15, 2017-18)

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Messi

Honours with Argentina

  • 1 Olympic gold (2008)
  • 1 Copa América (2021)

Individual awards

  • 1 Laureus (2020)
  • 1 FIFA World Player (2009)
  • 1 The Best FIFA Football Award (2019)
  • 2 UEFA Player of the Year (2010/11, 2014/15)
  • 1 World Soccer Award Best Player (2015)
  • 6 Ballons d’Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019)
  • 4 Golden XI (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018)
  • 6 Golden Shoe (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 8 La Liga top scorer (2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21)
  • 6 Top scorer UEFA Champions League (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 i 2018/19)
  • 9 MVP LaLiga (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)
  • 1 Golden Boy (2005)
  • 1 Bravo Trophy (2007)
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Most important individual records

  • Only player to win Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player, La Liga top scorer and Golden Shoe in same season (2009/10)
  • Player with most Ballons d’Or
  • Player with most Golden Shoes
  • Player with most Pichichi Trophies
  • Top goalscorer in a season in official competition (73 goals in 2011/12)
  • Top goalscorer in calendar year (91 goals in 2012)
  • Top goalscorer at one club Club (672 goals)
  • Longest scoring streak in La Liga (33 goals in 21 consecutive matches 2012/13)
  • Player with most matches  for Argentina
  • All time top goalscorer in La Liga (474 goals in 520 matches)

Messi

  • Top goalscorer in a single La Liga season (50 goals in 2011/12)
  • Player with most hat-tricks in La Liga (36)
  • Player with most goals form a free kick in La Liga (39 goals)
  • Player with most wins in official competition (542 wins in 771 matches)
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