Leo Messi has no limits. He demonstrates it game after game, goal after goal, seemingly rewriting history as each ball he strikes hits the back of the net.

His latest achievement is thanks to his goal against against Borussia Mönchengladbach, as the Argentine now has 473 official goals, drawing level in fourth place with the legendary Portuguese striker Eusebio (Benfica) for most number of goals scored at the same club.

It is not the first notable player from the past that Messi has left in his wake, as he has already surpassed the likes of José Aguas (Benfica, 379 goals), Nené (Benfica, 359), Ian Rush (Liverpool, 349) and Telmo Zarra (Athletic Club, 336). In fact, from the Top 10 of this leaderboard, only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still currently playing. The Real Madrid man however, is quite far behind, with 371 goals for his team.

Messi’s achievement becomes even greater when taking into account that the second highest scorer for FC Barcelona is César Rodríguez, with over half the number (232 goals). 

52 off the lead

Leo Messi is in fourth position: Uwe Seeler, Jimmy McGrory and Gerd Müller currently stand in his way. Therefore, Messi is first looking to surpass the 507 scored by Seeler with Hamburg, between 1954 and 1972, then the 522 by McGrory for Celtic between 1922 and 1937.

And the final objective will be to surpass the famous Gerd Müller, who hit 525 for Bayern Munich (1965-1979). So, ‘just’ 52 goals separate Leo Messi from yet another incredible scoring feat.