This article has been dedicated to the best football player that the world has ever seen, Lionel Andrés Messi, born on 24th June 1987 in Argentina. He started playing football at a young age and his talent was soon recognized. He’s currently playing as a striker for FC Barcelona, the club which gave him everything. Since the starting Messi has been a great asset for FC Barcelona.
Here are the top 5 moments of his career till date.
1. First Barcelona Goal
Messi made his debut in October 2004, but he scored his first goal in May 2005 in a match against Albacete. His goal was assisted by none other than his mentor and football legend Ronaldinho.
2. First Hat-Trick
Messi scored his first hat-trick when he was just 19 years old. The occasion couldn’t have been greater, playing at home against Real Madrid. It was to be the first of many hat-tricks for the Barcelona ace.
3. Achievements with Barcelona
Messi has won 30 trophies with Barcelona till date.
La Liga x 8
Champions League x 4
Copa del Rey x 5
UEFA Super Cup x 3
Spanish Super Cup x 7
Club World Cup x 3
4. Most number of goals in a calendar year
Lionel Messi broke the record of “Most number of goals in a calendar year” in 2012. The previous record was held by German legend Gerd Muller of scoring 85 goals in a calendar year for forty years. Messi scored 91 goals in 2012 and has held the title since then.
“My record stood for 40 years – 85 goals in a year – and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I’m delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic.”
-Gerd Muller commented on Messi breaking his record.
5. 5 time FIFA ballon d’Or winner
Ballon d’Or is an annual award given to the world’s best men player. Messi has won the Ballon d’Or 5 times. For the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.