Barcelona: Lionel Messi's record of scoring in 21 consecutive games will never be broken

Lionel Messi in 2012/13 was one word - unplayable!

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has set some astonishing records during his illustrious professional career.

The Argentine's haul of 91 goals in a single calendar year in 2012 is without doubt his finest, an achievement that will be lauded in its entirety hundreds of years from now.

It's a record that won't be broken for a lifetime, but it's far from the only seemingly unbreakable accomplishment that Messi has delivered with the ball at his feet.

During the 2012/13 season, the diminutive magician managed to score in 21 La Liga appearances in a row, striking against all 19 other teams and notching 33 goals in total.

It's frankly absurd that a player could do such a thing in one of Europe's top five leagues and to put that tally into context, the Premier League record stands at 11 - which was set by Jamie Vardy in 2015/16.

In fact the only player to get within five games of Messi's record was legendary German striker Gerd Muller, who scored in 16 consecutive games for Bayern Munich during the 1969/70 season.

Astonishing stuff from Lionel and you can watch all 33 goals from the Argentine's ridiculous run below.

VIDEO

Amazingly, Messi's first six games of the run against Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Levante, Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid yielded six consecutive braces.

He even managed to score four in one game at home to Osasuna, as well as scoring away from home against both Real Madrid and Valencia.

Come the end of the 2012/13 season, Messi had 46 La Liga goals to his name, as well as 12 assists in just 32 appearances.

That's not even his best scoring season! In 2011/12, the Argentine's 37 games in the Spanish top-flight yielded an astonishing 50 goals and 16 assists for Barcelona.

Messi in 2012

Between 2011 and 2013, Messi made the concept of scoring at an elite level look as simple as firing one past the Year 7 goalkeeper when you were in sixth form.

News Now - Sport News