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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 after scoring against Napoli in the round of 16
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Napoli in the round of 16 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.

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: 68
  • Most UEFA Champions League round of 16 goals: 26
  • Most Ballon d'Or awards: 6
  • Most Liga goals: 440
  • 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: 34

Messi is also second behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of both top UEFA club competition scorers (he has 117, Ronaldo 131) and top UEFA Champions League/European Cup scorers (114 compared with Ronaldo's 129).


National team

  • Most Argentina goals: 70
  • Youngest Argentinian to score at a World Cup: 18 years 357 days