Lionel Messi has provided Barça fans with multitudes of unforgettable moments in his ten-year career. / FCB PHOTOMONTAGE

One decade ago to the day, on 1 May 2005, a young Lionel Messi took advantage of a wonderful assist from Ronaldinho to find the net and extend FC Barcelona's lead to 2–0 over Albacete. That was how Messi scored his very first official goal for the first team. Nobody could have guessed at the time that the little Argentinian would go on to tally an unfathomable number of goals — he currently sits at 403 — over the course of the next ten years, a period that would see him become the top scorer in Club history while rewriting the Club, Liga, European, and International record books in unthinkable fashion.

A plethora of awards

The jaw-dropping quantity of goals has allowed Messi to not only lead Barça to an extraordinary résumé of team titles, but to rake home a myriad of individual awards as well:

Three Pichichi awards as La Liga’s top goal-getter: 2009/10, 2011/12, and 2012/13

Three European Golden Shoe awards: 2009/10, 2011/12, and 2012/13

Four UEFA Champions League scoring titles: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, and 2011/2012

Four Ballon d'Or awards: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Guinness World Record for most goals scored in a calendar year: 91 goals in 2012

All-time leading scorer in La Liga

In the past decade Messi has also become the highest scorer in La Liga history, surpassing the previous mark of 251 goals that had been held by Telmo Zarra for over 50 years. The 27-year-old Messi has 281, and counting.


Messi's first goal in a competitive game by fcbarcelona