It is not easy to describe a man with more than 700 goals under his belt and innumerable major titles in his trophy cabinet. Adjectives fall short when one starts talking about Lionel Messi. Stats become just mere numbers when one takes a deep dive into the Inter Miami goal-scorer’s illustrious career. With seven Ballon d’Or trophies to his name, Messi is arguably the greatest player ever to grace a football field. Not many believed that a little boy from Rosario who left his hometown at the age of 13 would once go on to rule the world football. As Messi celebrates his 36th birthday today, it is time to relieve some memorable moments of the legendary Argentine footballer.
Lionel Messi’s first goal
May 1, 2005, is a special day for all Lionel Messi fans. After all, Messi, at the age of 17, had scored his official goal in Barcelona jersey against Albacete that night. He would eventually go on to score more than 600 goals for the Catalan giants.
Messi is a Barcelona legend
Lionel Messi broke Barcelona’s goal-scoring record after recording a hat-trick in 2012. Messi touched Cesar Rodriguez’s record of 232 goals with his first strike against Granada.
Records and stats of Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi holds the record for scoring the most number of goals in a league. Messi achieved this feat after scoring 474 goals in La Liga. He also holds the record for most goals in a calendar year. In 2012, Messi had scored 91 goals to set this incredible record. In terms of club record, he has scored most goals for a single team. Messi achieved this feat with his childhood club Barcelona. He has 672 goals for the Blaugranas.