Messi in the 2007 game against Real Madrid.

Messi in the 2007 game against Real Madrid. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

When he reaches the 400 game mark, Messi will join the Top Ten players with most appearances for Barça, drawing level with José Ramón Alexanko in tenth place.

  • Messi’s official debut with the first team  was on October 16, 2004 in a deby game at Montjuic when he came on on 82 minutes for Deco. He was just 17 years, 3 months and 22 days old.

  •  His first goal came against Albacete at the Camp Nou in week 34 of the 2004/05 league season.

  • His first hat trick was on March 10, 2007 in a league game against Real Madrid.

  • He marked game number 200 with a 2-0 win over Osasuna on March 24, 2010.

  •  Messi has never picked up a red card

  • In the 399 games played so far, Messi has scored 331 goals.

  • He is Barça’s all time leading goalscorer in official games and with 358 is closing in on  Paulino Álcantara’s   369 goals in official and friendly games.

  •  His best scoring record in a season was in 2011/12 when he scored 73 goals in 60 games.

  •  Messi is second in the Champions League’s all time  goalscorer list, with 65, 6 behind Raúl González.

  •  He is the fifth leading scorer in the Spanish League with 223 and is closing in on Zarra (251), Hugo Sánchez (234), Raúl (228)  and Di Stéfano (227).


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