Messi, Lewandowski, Cruyff: What are the longest scoring streaks ever?

Lionel Messi holds some of the most incredible football records.

The Argentine has won the most Ballon d’Ors (7), scored the most goals by a single player in a calendar year (91) and scored the most goals for one club (672).

Messi is also the footballer responsible for the longest scoring streak in the sport’s history.

The 34-year-old maestro set the record in early 2013, when he was was playing like a man possessed at Barcelona.

In the 2012/13 season, Messi scored 60 goals from 50 appearances across all competitions, including 46 in just 32 La Liga outings.

And during that ridiculous individual campaign, he found the back of the net in 21 (yes, TWENTY ONE) consecutive league games.

Insane, right? It’s a record that may never be broken, as no other player since the turn of the millennium has managed to get past the 15 mark.

According to the the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), only four other players have ever surpassed that number…

The 12 longest scoring streaks in history

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, 15/02/2021 to 18/09/2021) – 15 games

Josef Martinez (Atlanta United, 25/05/2019 to 19/09/2019) – 15 games

Jaime Riveros (Santiago Wanderers, 21/03/2004 to 17/06/2004) – 15 games

Tor Henning Hamre (Flora, 16/06/2003 to 17/10/2003) – 15 games

Stan Mortensen (Blackpool, 23/12/1950 to 21/04/1951) – 15 games

Juan Young (Penarol, 02/07/1933 to 21/10/1933) – 15 games

Filip Johansson (IFK Goteborg, 10/08/1924 to 11/04/1925) – 15 games

Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, 27/09/1969 to 03/03/1970) – 16 games

Teodor Peterek (Ruch Chorzow, 03/10/1937 to 11/09/1938) – 16 games

Johan Cruyff (Ajax, 08/05/1966 to 26/12/1966) – 17 games

Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, 03/09/1939 to 19/05/1940) – 19 games

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 11/11/2012 to 05/05/2013) – 21 games

Some truly legendary figures on show.

Messi’s record really does beggar belief and to further highlight the absurdity of it, the longest scoring streak in Premier League history – which is held by Leicester‘s Jamie Vardy – stands at just 12 games.

While that’s a mighty impressive achievement by the Englishman, it pales in comparison to Messi.

The version of the Argentine from 2012 to 2013 might just be the most complete footballer ever…

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