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Map shows every country Lionel Messi has scored in for Barcelona and Argentina

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Water is wet and Lionel Messi loves goals.

Widely accepted as one of the greatest footballers in history, the Barcelona superstar has made a name from finding the back of the net season after season.

Of course, it would be naive to ignore the other parts of Messi's incredible performances, but goals win games and over 600 strikes will endure as one of the greatest tallies in history.

Barcelona have benefitted from the vast majority of those finishes and that was no more apparent than during his display against Real Betis, where the 31-year-old helped himself to a hat-trick.

Nevertheless, Messi has still managed to produce 65 goals for Argentina and there is now clear daylight between him and Gabriel Batistuta's previous record.

Over 600 career goals

And despite taking a brief hiatus after the 2018 World Cup, Messi has returned to action for his country and will feature in at least one of their upcoming friendlies.

Many supporters believe Messi still needs to win an international trophy before he is considered the greatest player in history and the 2019 Copa America presents the next opportunity.

Then, of course, there is the next World Cup in 2022, but you could argue that Messi has already conquered the footballing world.

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World map of Messi goals

That's because a fascinating world map has emerged this week, created by NSS Magazine, that shows every single stadium that Messi scored at least one goal in.

Friendly games have been excluded from the equation but it still shows that Messi has scored in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia over the years.

Only the continent of Oceania - and, well, technically Antarctica - have managed to dodge the Argentine's prolific goalscoring since his professional debut in 2005.

Take a look at some of the images down below: 

The World

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Europe

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Iberian peninsula 

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They might as well crown him the King of Spain with that many stadiums on the map.

Believe it or not, there are some Spanish arenas in which Messi hasn't scored, although the home grounds of clubs like Real Murcia, Albacete and Xerez are certainly anomalies.

It would probably take a good hour to count all the countries Messi has scored in, but he seems to have the entirety of western Europe covered and the vast majority of South America.

The map would be even more covered if friendlies were brought into the equation and Messi will be hoping to have Qatar covered when 2022 rolls around.

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There can be little doubting the international dominance of Messi, but questions will continue to be raised until he lifts the Copa America or World Cup before he retires.

Do you think Messi will win an international trophy? Have your say in the comments section below.

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