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What records does Lionel Messi hold?

We all know he is a great player, but just how great? focuses on Lionel Messi's unique achievements.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi: a 1.70m-tall giant
Barcelona's Lionel Messi: a 1.70m-tall giant 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 as he approaches his 33rd birthday. lists some of his biggest achievements to date.


Ronaldo on 15 years at the top with Messi
Ronaldo on 15 years at the top with Messi
  • Most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo): 8
  • 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: 438
  • 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