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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 celebrates with the UEFA Champions League trophy after the 2011 final
Lionel Messi celebrates with the UEFA Champions League trophy after the 2011 final AFP via Getty Images

One of only two players to score over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, Lionel Messi has broken new ground since making his senior debut aged 16.

As he leaves Barcelona with some record-breaking achievements in his two decades at the club, UEFA.com lists some of his biggest achievements to date.


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 UEFA Champions League goals for single club: 120 (Barcelona)
  • Most UEFA club competition goals for single club: 123 (Barcelona)
  • 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 second behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the overall 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.