Another game, another record broken, is there anything Lionel Messi cannot do?
Messi has broken another record by scoring in a 17th consecutive La Liga game.
Although FIFA have yet to confirm the record to make it official, Messi scored in his 17th consecutive La Liga game, breaking a world record which has stood since the 1930’s, according to his club Barcelona.
Although this could be a way of Barcelona enhancing Messi’s reputation as the greatest player to have ever lived further, you cannot take away this incredible achievement. The 25-year-old Argentinean came off the bench to register his 40th league goal of the season for Barcelona, scoring in the 88th minute of their 2-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner scored his 27th goal in 17 matches with this goal, and Barcelona said Messi had beaten Pole Teodor Pewterek’s 1937-38 record of scoring in 16 straight games for Ruch Charzow.
“The Argentine player’s tally represents a new record in history of football, something no other player has achieved before” announced the Spanish club.
FIFA have not confirmed this record as of yet, but it would not bother Messi too much considering the amount of records he does hold; it wouldn’t be surprising if Messi goes on to surpass 20 La Liga games whilst scoring a goal. In December 2012, Messi broke the record that of most goals in a calendar year when he surpassed Gerd Mueller’s 1972 tally of 85.
This further solidified his place as the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a fourth consecutive time, another record he holds.
But Lionel Messi faces one of the biggest tasks of his career when he aims to help his side overturn a first-leg deficit when they face AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Take a look at other remarkable record’s Lionel Messi boasts:
Most FIFA Ballon d’Or awards: 4
Guinness World Records title for most goals in a year: 91 goals
Most international goals in a year [club and national team]: 25 goals
Most goals scored in El Clásico matches: 18 goals (shared with Alfredo Di Stéfano)
Top scorer in official competitions: 304 goals
Top scorer in La Liga: 209 goals
Top scorer in UEFA Champions League: 56 goals
Top scorer in European competitions: 57 goals
Top scorer in international competitions: 61 goals
Most all competitions hat-tricks overall: 22 hat-tricks
Most La Liga hat-tricks overall: 16 hat-tricks
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