For those of us soccer fans who have lived a little bit longer, players like Pele, Diego Maradona or Johan Cruijff jump as probable best players in history. For others, a little bit younger, there are other options on the list, like Zidane, Ronaldo or Ronaldinho, and then, most recently, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are also on top of the list.
For many, Lionel Messi is not only the best in the world right now, but also the best in history already, and the truth is that he is up there, indeed, among the very best. Is he #1? We’ll still have to wait and see, as at 33 years old, the Argentinian player still has some good fuel in the tank, and will, for sure, keep aiming for more team and individual trophies with his club, Barcelona, for now, and with his National Team.
However, the news right now is not about that, but about him reaching a new milestone in his career. After scoring a beautiful penalty kick against Atletico Madrid, Panenka style, Messi reached a total of 700 goals in his professional career, counting club and National Team. Even better news for his fans, he reached this number o goals in 112 less games played than his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi’s scoring stats with Barcelona
With his club, Messi has scored a total of 630 goals in 722 games, for a total average of 0.87 goals per game. He has passed the 50-goal in a single season in 6 different opportunities, and in one of those, he even broke the 70-goal barrier, with a grand total of 73. That year he played a total of 60 games, which is also the highest number o games he’s ever played for Barcelona in a single season.
We have watched Messi score twice in many games, we’ve seen him score plenty of hat-tricks as well, but he has also scored 4 goals and even 5 goals in one single game, that was against Bayer Leverkusen back in 2012, in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The team that he has scored more against In his career is Sevilla, 37 times.
Messi’s scoring stats with Argentina
A couple of years ago, Lionel Messi also became his country’s top historical scorer, surpassing a great legend like Gabriel Batistuta. Messi now has a total of 70 goals scored for Argentina in 138 games played, for an average of 0.51 goals per game. His highest scoring seasons were 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, with 9 goals each, after, in 2014 he reached the FIFA World Cup final against Germany in Brazil but couldn’t score and ended up losing the cup. There is only one thing Messi hasn’t been able to give his fans, and it’s a title or Argentina, that is the only black mar in his resume at this point.
Now, as the season in La Liga keeps going, Messi faces new marks to beat, the next one is just 13 goals away; Pele scored 643 goals for one club, Santos, Messi has 630 for Barcelona and is getting close. Cristiano Ronaldo has a total of 726 goals scored, 735 for Gerd Müller, 746 for Puskas, 767 Pele, 772 Romario and 805 was the total for Josef Bican. How high can Messi go in this list? Will he make #1 by the end of his career?