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20 special Messi records in 20 years with Barca (Part 1)

Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona on September 17, 2000. Since then, in the past 20 years, he has broken nearly every record in football.

Twenty years have passed since Lionel Messi started arriving in Barcelona. Here are 20 milestones he achieved in the Catalan club shirt.

Player with the most titles in Barca history

Messi’s cupboard had 34 trophies with Barcelona. The closest person to him in this respect is Andres Iniesta with 32 different championships.

Barca’s all-time best scorer

Cesar Rodriguez used to be Barca’s good gunman with 232 goals in official matches. His record stood for more than half a century, until Messi caught up on March 20, 2012 with a hat trick against Granada. Eight years later, Messi nearly tripled this number with 634 goals and hasn’t stopped.

La Liga’s all-time top scorer

On November 22, 2014, Messi overcame Telmo Zarra (Bilbao, 1940-55) to become the tournament’s top scorer. He did that with a hat-trick against Sevilla, bringing the record to 253 goals (in 289 games).

La Liga’s top hat-trick

In La Liga history, he had scored more hat-tricks than any other. The last time was in the 5-2 victory over Mallorca on December 7, 2019. Messi has 35 hat-tricks and surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo (34).

Most Golden Ball Awards

Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 is unmatched in world football. He is also the youngest player to win three times, is the only player to win four times in a row and the player with the longest time from first to last (2009 and 2019).

Top scorer in a La Liga season

In the 2011/12 season, La Pulga scored 50 goals in La Liga, the highest number for any player in Spain’s highest division.

Won 7 Pichichi Awards

Messi also won more Pichichi Awards than anyone else. Last season was his 7th after overtaking Telmo Zarra.

Won the most Golden Shoes

Barça’s star scored the most goals in 5 major European leagues in the seasons 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Scored against the most La Liga teams

Messi has scored against 37 teams in La Liga in his career. No one else can boast such a figure in Spanish football.

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Messi will surpass Xavi’s records with Barca in 2021

Messi is expected to surpass the two records Xavi holds at Barca in 2021, including playing the most games in La Liga and the most matches with the club.

Xavi Hernandez still holds two records in Barcelona, ​​but the chances of being surpassed by Lionel Messi are increasing and will most likely occur in 2021.

The first record that Messi is most easily broken is the Barca player with the most games in La Liga. He just had his 475 match against Mallorca, only 30 goals away from the legendary midfielder (505). Andoni Zubizarreta has led with 622 matches but only 301 matches with Barca.

If adding 10 games from now to the end of the season, Messi will reach 485 games, but the record above 20 appearances. That is the number that he will easily surpass next season.

Another record is in the hands of the Argentine superstar but it takes longer than the player with the most matches in Barcelona history.

Currently, Messi has played 718 matches so he can finish the season with at least 729 matches (10 in La Liga and 1 in the C1 Cup). He needs 39 more games to surpass Xavi, the leader in history with 767 matches.

If nothing changes, it seems that these two records will be surpassed by Messi in 2021. Before that, the two milestones that he was willing to set as a monopoly on the record for La Liga top scorer (Pichichi) while having 6 like Telmo Zarra and the most goalscorer for a club

Messi now has 628 goals, meaning only need 15 more to overcome Pele (643) with Santos in Brazil. After nearly 5 decades, La Pulga became the player who came very close to changing the owner of this admirable achievement.