Top 5 records yet to be broken by Lionel Messi in football ••
Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi has made different shades of history both at his club and in football generally but there are some records he is yet to break.
The footballer who is approaching the twilight of his career has been described with awesome superlatives by journalists and the media but as his former coach Pep Guardiola once advised,
“Don’t write about him. Don’t try to describe him: Just watch him.”
The Brazillian is considered by many as the greatest player ever to play the game of football and has proved so with many accolades and awards under his shelf, too numerous to mention.
When people saw Pele and Maradona, they were sure they wouldn’t see anyone like them ever again. But then, Messi happened. And he has broken almost every other record that Pele and Maradona held for years. Out of them, some look like they will never be broken again.
Here are the top 5 records Messi has yet to break in his career:
05. Most appearances for Barcelona
Messi started his club career in 2004, aged 17. He was the youngest player to feature in a La Liga match for the Catalans until the record was broken by Bojan. Since then, Messi has come a long way, scoring countless times while breaking a number of records. The Argentine skipper is already the all time top scorer for Barcelona with a whopping tally of over 550 goals. Considering the fact that he has 4 to 5 years left under his belt, he could end up amassing an unimaginable number of goals.
However, Leo Messi is still behind Xavi Hernandez in the count of most appearances for the Catalans. Xavi has appeared 869 times for Barca from 1998 to 2015. Messi has appeared in 385 matches for the Blaugrana. He can overcome Xavi’s gigantic number if he decides to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career.
04. Most appearances for Argentina
On the international front, the Barcelona attacker also holds the record for being the all time top scorer for Argentina. However, he is yet to become the most capped player for his country. Javier Zanetti has the most caps(143) for Argentina, while Messi currently has 120 caps.
03. Become the Barcelona player with most Champions League final appearances.
Out of the five Champions League trophies that Barcelona have won, Messi has played in three finals, winning all three. The striker made his three appearances in 2009, 2011 and 2015 respectively. However, it is Andres Iniesta who holds the record for most Champions League final appearances.
02. Most goals in a single La Liga appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo is a step ahead of Messi, by scoring 5 goals in a single La Liga match on two different occasions. But, there have been two players in the La Liga history to score 7 goals in a single fixture.
Athletic Bilbao’s Agustin Sauto scored seven goals in one game back in 1932, a feat that was then repeated in 1952 by Barcelona’s Laszlo Kubala. Messi, on the other hand, has scored only four goals in a single match.
01. Score in every minute of a football match
This, by far, remains the toughest record to be broken by Lionel Messi. His arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the only two players in the world who have broken this feat. If he can achieve this record, he will be the third player in the world to do so.