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Messi's 234-goal journey, the best moments
01.05.2005 | First official goal for the first team. Messi wears the ’30’ on his back as he’s assisted by Ronaldinho.
18.04.2007 | Goal a la Maradona against Getafe in the away leg of the semifinals of the King’s Cup. The goal was seen around the world for it’s similitude to Diego’s goal in the final of the 1986 World Cup.
10.03.2007 | His first goals against Real Madrid, a hat-trick, saved Barça from defeat at the Camp Nou (3-3). It was the start of Iker Casilla’s nightmare, the keeper that has conceded the most goals to Leo Messi.
01.02.2009 | At El Sardinero (1-2), Messi scores FC Barcelona’s 5,000th goal in the Liga. It was a demonstration and talent from the youngster as he entered Barça history and stood alongside Marco Aurelio (1,000), Pedro Zaballa (2,000), Quini (3,000) and Amor (4,000).
27.05.2009 | Messi heads home the winner in the Champions League final in Rome. The Argentine beat Van der Sar (2-0) to seal Barça’s third Champions League title.
19.12.2009 | He scores the winner with his chest against Estudiantes de la Plata in the Club World Cup final to clinch the sixth consecutive title for Josep Guardiola. It was the manager’s debut season at the front of FC Barcelona.
16.01.2010 | Against Sevilla, he scores his 100th goal for Barça in the League.
06.04.2010 | He scores four goals in one game for the first time in his career. It was in the return leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Arsenal. His first three goals were scored in 21 minutes and Arsene Wegner, at the end of the game, said, “he’s like a Playstation.”
27.04.2011 | A brace from the Argentine at the Santiago Bernabéu in the away leg of the Champions League semi-final gave Barça the edge they needed to qualify for the final in Wembley.
28.05.2011 | He scores the second goal in the Champions League final against Manchester United
28.09.2011 | He equals Kubala as the second highest goal scorer in Club history (194) during the Champions League match against BATE Borisov (+info)
07.03.2012 | He becomes the first footballer to ever score five goals in a Champions League match. It was against Bayer Leverkusen in the return leg of the Round of 16. (+info)
20.03.2012 | A hat-trick against Granada in the League allows the Argentine to break the Club’s all-time high goal scoring record set by the legendary César Rodriguez (+info)
Detailed analysis of the goals by Leo Messi, top scorer in the history of FC Barcelona in official games
Athletico Madrid is Messi’s favorite victim, with 18 goals scored against them. Dani Alves is his best ally, with 31 assists, and the last fifteen minutes is his preferred scoring period. These are some of the stats of Messi’s record. Below are details of how Messi managed to reach the figure of 234 goals, two more than César, who was, until Tuesday, the top scorer in Barça history in official games.
Teams he’s scored most goals against
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His best allies
*Data provided by Agency Opta
With his three goals against Granada, Leo Messi surpasses César’s record and became the all-time top goalscorer in the history of FC Barcelona in official matches with 234 goals
On March 20th 2012, Leo Messi became FC Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer in official matches after breaking César Rodríguez’s record of 232 goals. The game against Granada, on week 29 of La Liga, will be remembered for this extraordinary feat: a hat-trick by the three-time Ballon d’Or winner that took his all-time tally to 234 goals, two more than the illustrious ‘Pelucas.’ At 24-years-old, Messi is a living legend.
Atlético, Messi’s favourite victim
The Masia graduate, who made his debut for the first team in October 2004, has scored 153 goals in the Liga, 49 in the Champions League, 19 in the King’s Cup, 8 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and 4 in the Club World Cup. His preferred victims are Atlético Madrid (18), Sevilla (14), Real Madrid (13), and Racing Santander (12). Curiously enough, Granada was the only team in the Spanish top flight that Messi hadn’t scored on.
A monumental season
Against Granada, Messi pulverized his personal best goalscoring record. So far he has 54 goals, one more than he scored in the entirety of last season. The Argentine has scored eight hat-tricks (counting his four goals against Valencia and five against Levekusen). In the Liga, with 10 matches remaining, he’s the leading scorer with 34 goals. He’s the best, no discussion. And he plays for Barça.
The Catalan, Spanish and Argentine press hail Leo Messi, all-time high goalscorer for FC Barcelona
The Argentinian daily Olé, now called Culé for today, says “we feel we are Barça fans” thanks to Messi
The worldwide press once again hailed Leo Messi. The Argentine star received praise from the Catalan, Spanish and worldwide press, especially from Argentina. The most original acknowledgment came from the Argentinian daily Olé - the name of the publication was changed to ‘Culé’ for the day. The daily, on the cover, led with “we feel like we are Barça fans” thanks to Messi, all-time goalscorer for Barça after his hat-trick against Granada (5-3).
Here is an overview of the press and their leading stories:
“History’s best goalscorer”
El Mundo Deportivo (Catalonia)
El 9 (Catalonia)
“To Messi what belongs to Messi”
“Camp Nou lauds their idol”
“Messi can beat anyone”
El Periódico (Spain)
La Vanguardia (Spain)
“Messi writes history”
“The man that has brought the most joy to FC Barcelona”
“He mocks the record books”
El País (Colombia)
“Messi continues making history”
La Tercera (Chile)
“Messi makes history with FC Barcelona”
Diario del Istmo (Mexico)
Messi has no breaks
El Nacional (Venezuela)
El Universal (Venezuela)
“Messi is a young record-setting machine”
Lionel Messi, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner, sat down with TIME's Bobby Ghosh to discuss his career with FC Barcelona and his ambition to win the World Cup
In the TIME’s cover story, Bobby Ghosh outlines Messi’s coming-of-age career with FC Barcelona and the player’s future ambition with his national side. The journalist also addresses the question of whether or not the Argentine should be considered the best football player of all time.
King Leo, perhaps the best player ever to grace a football pitch
Mr. Ghosh writes in TIME that “every generation produces players who change the game with their talent or approach - Puskas, Di Stefano, Pelé, Cruyff, Maradona, Zidane. Messi’s third Ballon d’Or cemented his place in the galaxy of greats, it also made him the centerpiece of a singular argument.” The argument: should Lionel Messi be considered the best football player ever? Mr. Ghosh goes on to cite Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, as saying “Messi is amongst the best ever,” and quotes Josep Guardiola, “[he] could be the best player of all time.”
The journalist builds his argument with Gary Lineker’s, England’s iconic striker, observations on Argentine star: “I look at him, and he does at least three or four things in every game that I never did in my whole career.” Terry Venables, another famous football man that hails from the British Isles also had words of praise for Barça’s number 10: “it’s not possible what he does.”
Despite the accolades and words of praise, perhaps the only thing that outshines Messi’s trophy-studded career is his humility. When the player picked up his third consecutive Ballon d’Or in Switzerland this January he told Mr. Ghosh, “year after year, I’ve grown, improved ... I was lucky to start very young and always have very good colleagues around me as I was comping up, this had helped me and how I play.”
Mr. Ghosh, a lifelong FC Barcelona fan, admitted that Leo Messi was in his editorial queue for years. But what made the journalist pull the trigger on the story was the Argentine’s third Ballon d’Or conquest: “for me, it sealed his claim to be the best player of his generation. That was the perfect moment to put him on TIME’s cover.”
His instincts were correct. After the TIME edition featuring the portrait of a solo footballer for the first time in the history of the publication hit the stands on Sunday the media and online reaction was palpable. “Judging by the media reaction and the buzz on the Internet, this was one of our most talked-about cover stories, worldwide,” the journalist said.
One on one with Messi and the playmaker’s World Cup ambitions
On interviewing the understated three-time Ballon d’Or winner, Mr. Ghosh said: “he is famously shy and withdrawn. The challenge was to get him out of his shell a bit. I can’t honestly say we managed to do that: it would probably take several meetings before he got comfortable with me. But we managed to get a couple flashes of candor.” While Messi prefers a more low-key profile to the bravado that’s probably expected of a superstar, one who is possibly the best player to ever grace a football pitch, he did open up when asked about the World Cup in 2014: “I hope it’s the moment for Argentina and that we can become champions. I’m going because I want to be champion and share the World Cup with my national team.” Ahead of the World Cup, the Argentine said, “there’s still a lot of time to prepare and improve.”
You can read the entire interview with Leo Messi here.
Leo’s impact in the United States
Interest in football in the United States, while in its embryonic stage compared to Europe, is growing precisely because of players like Leo Messi. “As Americans grow more and more interested in football, they also get more and more knowledgeable. It would take a national opinion poll to judge how much they know about Messi, but if I had to guess, I would say he’s quite well known - more than, say, Rafa Nadal, or Fernando Alonso,” Mr. Ghosh said. The journalist went on to say that “young Americans, who play football a lot, know Messi very well. In New York, I see many kids wearing the Barça shirt with his name on it.”
After becoming the highest goalscorer in the history of FC Barcelona, with 234 goals in official matches, we take a look at Messi’s journey through the Club’s youth teams with commentary from his old managers
He’s the first player in the history of the Champions League to score five goals in one game
The Argentine has scored 29 goals in the European competition
Messi, despite his sublime display, was humble after the match: “The most important thing is that we won, that’s what we wanted”
Leo Messi wears the number 10 on the back of his jersey, but against Bayer 04 Leverkusen this evening he put in a Five Star performance. The Argentine scored five goals; two in the first half, three in the second. His brilliant display broke long-standing European records. But Messi, despite his unworldly performance, remains humble. “The most important thing is that we won, that’s what we wanted,” he said when he was told that this was the first time in a player managed to score five goals in one game.
Here are some interesting facts and stats about Leo Messi in international competitions:
• Messi is the first player in the history of the UEFA Champions League to score five goals in one game
• He’s the first player in the history of the European Cup (in all formats) to score five goals at this stage of the competition
• The Argentine has scored 12 goals in this edition of the Champions League, the same amount that he scored last season (he was the tournaments highest goal scorer)
•It’s been a year (March 8th, against Arsenal) since Messi has scored at the Camp Nou in the Champions League
•Messi is the second Barça player in the history of the Club to score five goals in a single European match (Zaldúa did it on October 6th, 1965)
• With his five goals, Messi is only seven away from being the Club’s all-time highest scorer (235)
• He’s the first player to ever score five goals in the Champions League for a team that plays in the Spanish League
• Messi is the 11th player to score five goals in a Champions League match (the last plaeyr to do it was Lerby, with Ajaz, in 1979 against Omonia)
• Messi’s 49 goals in the competition see him level with Alfredo Di Stefano as the sixth highest goal scorer in the history of the competition
• Of his 49 goals in the Champions League, 25 were scored at the Camp Nou, and 22 away from home; 2 of them were scored in finals
• He’s scored 54 goals in international competitions: 49 in the Champions League, 4 in the Club World Cup and 1 in the European Super Cup
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