Lionel Messi continues to break new ground both in terms of Barcelona's illustrious history and that of European competition.

The Argentine forward became the first player ever to score five goals in a single Champions League encounter, as Barca demolished Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.

Aged only 24, Messi is now just eight goals away from becoming Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. As he nears another milestone, GMF takes a look at the career of Messi in numbers…

228

Following his most recent haul, Messi's record for Barcelona now stands at a quite remarkable 228 goals scored in 311 appearances in all competitions.

Only Cesar Rodriguez has scored more times for the Catalan giants - 235 - and Messi will surely becoming the club's leading scorer before the end of the season.

93

As well as boasting a phenomenal goalscoring record, Messi is also one of Barcelona's key providers, having registered 93 assists during his time with the club.

He is the only player in the history of the club to have scored and assisted in six different competitions during one season - a feat achieved this term.

17

When Messi registered a hat-trick against Mallorca last October - his third of the season - it was the fastest ever completed by a Barcelona player.

It took him just 17 minutes to score three times that day, and he has since netted a further four hat-tricks this term.

3

Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or on three occasions, a record he shares with Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.

However, only he and Platini can claim to have done so in three consecutive seasons, with Messi winning in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

49

With 49 strikes to his name, Messi has scored the most goals by any Barcelona payer in the history of the Champions League or European Cup.

However, the all-time record is still some way from his grasp - with Real Madrid legend Raul having scored 71 times in 144 Champions League appearances.

53

Last season was Messi's most potent in front of goal, having scored 53 times in 55 appearances in all competitions - as well as contributing 24 assists.

31 of these strikes came in La Liga, seven in Spanish cup competitions, three in the Supercup and 12 in the Champions League.

This is, of course, another club record and one that is seemingly destined to be beaten once again this season.

22

At international level Messi has scored a relatively paltry 22 goals in 67 appearances for Argentina, while he has also provided 20 assists.

Messi won the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in Beijing during the summer of 2008.

1.14

After scoring five times against Bayer Leverkusen, Messi now has an incredible 48 goals this season, having scored them in just 42 appearances.

That is a ratio of around 1.14 goals scored by Messi every game.

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