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Lionel Messi: What records does he hold?

We check out the Paris forward's remarkable collection of personal records.

Lionel Messi opened his account for the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League in Paris's Matchday 2 win at Maccabi Haifa
Lionel Messi opened his account for the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League in Paris's Matchday 2 win at Maccabi Haifa AFP via Getty Images

Lionel Messi turned 35 this year and his powers remain as effective as ever. We reflect on his impressive record collection.

One of only two players to score over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, Messi is now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain after bringing the curtain down on a remarkable two decades at Barcelona last summer. The records, milestones and unique achievements keep on coming.

Club records

123 Lionel Messi Champions League goals
  • Most UEFA Champions League group stage goals: 77 (71 for Barcelona)
  • Most UEFA Champions League round of 16 goals: 29
  • Most UEFA Champions League goals for single club: 120 (Barcelona)
  • Most goals in successive UEFA Champions League seasons: 18
  • Most UEFA club competition goals for single club: 123 (Barcelona)
  • Most Ballon d'Or awards: 7
  • 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

Messi is second behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the overall list of both top UEFA club competition scorers (he has 129, Ronaldo 143) and top UEFA Champions League/European Cup scorers (126 compared with Ronaldo's 141). Ronaldo is two years Messi's senior.

National team

  • Most Argentina caps: 162
  • Most Argentina goals: 86
  • Most goals for South American nation: 86
  • Youngest Argentinian to score at a World Cup: 18 years 357 days