When all is said and done, and those lucky Barcelona fans who came to the Nou Camp week after week to watch Lionel Messi, are no longer with us to praise his genius, the little Argentines’ songs will have all the necessary. to do.
Messi drove two past Real Sociedad last week in his 768th game for the club, surpassing Xavi’s performance record, having rivaled the numbers of the Spanish powerhouse against Huesca last Tuesday.
Messi’s record-breaking has become a feat of such regularity that it takes away the shine from the performance.
Here, Sportsmail takes a statistical look at the mind-boggling impact of Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi broke another record when Barcelona beat Real Sociedad on Sunday
The Argentinian made his 768th club appearance for the Catalans, surpassing Xavi’s record
Sportsmail looks statistically at the sensational impact Messi has had at Barcelona
Messi has been cast as one of the best players ever in the game, and that of the Argentinian 663 goals Barcelona is the highest number ever scored by a player for a single club – after Pele’s record of 643 goals for Santos had been surpassed earlier this season.
He is by far LaLiga’s record scorer and shoots in 467 goals in the competition. He is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of Champions League goals, trailing 134 goals from his major rival with 120.
Messi has the Pichichi trophy, the prize awarded in Spain to the top scorer in the competition, op seven occasions and six times the highest scoring in the Champions League, including the 2014-15 campaign when he shared the honor with Ronaldo and former teammate Neymar.
Messi has scored more for one club than any other player with 663 goals
Messi has scored in 16 different Champions League seasons, a record shared with Ryan Giggs
Messi shares the record for Champions League goals scored in separate seasons with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
Both have scored in 16 different campaigns, although Messi has done so in consecutive years, dating back to 2005-06.
Messi has maintained a sensational goals-to-games ratio throughout his career, but few will match his efforts from the 2011-12 season when he scored. 73 times in 60 games for Barca in all competitions. Those numbers remain an astonishing high-water mark.
The 33-year-old has passed 50 goals in a season on no fewer than five other occasions, with four additional campaigns in the 1940s and more than 30 in every season completed since 2008-09.
Messi’s 73 goals in 60 games in 2011-12 is a number that will prove to be difficult to beat
He is on the cusp of hitting more than 30 again after scoring 29 goals in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s side so far this season.
In total, Messi has scored 48 hat-tricks for Barcelona, of which 36 in LaLiga. His six hat-tricks for Argentina bring him more than half a century to his career as a whole.
The Argentinian has scored four goals in one match on six different occasions. They came in league games against Valencia, Espanyol, Osasuna and twice against Eibar, while he also hit four times against Arsenal in a Champions League draw in 2010.
Messi has also secured one five-goal haul in his career, helping Barça to a 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 second leg of the Champions League in 2012.
The 33-year-old has scored 48 hat-tricks during his career with Barcelona, including 36 in the league
The Argentinian has scored four goals in a match six times, including against Arsenal in 2010
Messi has enjoyed appearances against Valencia, scoring four hat-tricks against them in Spain
Look away now, Valencia fans, because Messi likes to play against you. They have been on the receiving end of four of Messi’s hat-tricks.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid has sent three hat-tricks against Messi, as have Sevilla, Osasuna, Espanyol and Deportiva La Coruna.
Messi has also scored another 133 braces, 95 of them in LaLiga, which is, unsurprisingly, a league record.
Impressive as the inscrutable number of goals is, Messi has ensured that those strikes have led to prizes. The Argentinian has a wonderful collection of trophies.
Messi has ensured that his fantastic goal count has translated into trophies, with 33 highest honors
In all, Messi has won 33 major trophies with the Catalans, including the national and European super cups, as well as the Club World Cup.
Barcelona has the LaLiga title in 10 of the 17 seasons since Messi made his first squad, in addition to six Copa del Rey triumphs and four domestic doubles.
A further seven Supercopa wins bring Messi to 23 honors in Spain – although Barça has even won eight since the Argentinian broke into the team, failing to play in the 2005 win over Real Betis with two leges.
Messi has one more 10 Continental and Intercontinental Awards, with Barcelona winning the Champions League in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He also won the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup in the ensuing seasons of the ’08, ’11 and ’15 triumphs.
The Argentinian has had four Champions League triumphs and three Club World Cup victories
Messi was also recognized with individual honor, winning the Ballon d’Or six times
Compared to his closest rival Ronaldo, Messi’s Ballon d’Or superiority puts him ahead of the Portuguese sensation.
Messi has the Ballon d’Or, awarded to the world’s best player, op six times, including four in a row from 2009. Ronaldo now has four.
While Messi’s domestic successes will be hard to top in the years to come, the 33-year-old’s achievements are in stark contrast to his country.
Argentina’s trophy case was barren as Messi played for the national side, with only a 2008 Olympic gold medal.
He came close to winning the most coveted prize of all – the World Cup – but Argentina fell to a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the 2014 final in Brazil.