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Lionel Messi: What records does he hold?

We all know he is a great player, but just how great? UEFA.com runs through his unique achievements.

Lionel Messi kisses the trophy after leading Argentina to victory at the 2021 Copa América
Lionel Messi kisses the trophy after leading Argentina to victory at the 2021 Copa América Getty Images

One of only two players to score over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, Lionel Messi is continuing to break new ground in football having become Argentina's most-capped player in their triumphant Copa América campaign.

UEFA.com lists some of his biggest achievements to date.

Club

Watch great Messi free-kicks
Watch great Messi free-kicks
  • Most UEFA Champions League group stage goals: 71
  • Most UEFA Champions League round of 16 goals: 28
  • Most Ballon d'Or awards: 6
  • Most Liga goals: 474
  • Most Liga goals in a single season: 50 (2011/12)  
  • Most goals in a calendar year: 79 (2012 – or 91 including goals for Argentina)
  • Most Liga hat-tricks: 36
  • Most Liga titles won by a foreign player: 10
  • Most ESM Golden Shoes: 6
  • Most club honours: 35

Messi is also second behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of both top UEFA club competition scorers (he has 123, Ronaldo 137) and top UEFA Champions League/European Cup scorers (120 compared with Ronaldo's 134).

Messi vs Ronaldo goal for goal

National team

  • Most Argentina caps: 151
  • Most Argentina goals: 76
  • Youngest Argentinian to score at a World Cup: 18 years 357 days

Messi is just one goal behind Brazilian great Pelé in the list of top scorers for all South American nations after leading La Albiceleste to victory at the 2021 Copa América.