FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola says that Messi is “the most impressive player I’ve ever seen. The best I have seen, by a long way.” Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague writes: “In his own way, he is rewriting the history of football. It’s as if he’s saying to all the others: ‘You find a way to stop me.'”
After setting another record for goals scored in a calendar year in 2012, Messi was named the world’s best player for the fourth year running by FIFA. Lionel Messi has won every award there is to win in football.
Can Lionel Messi become the most successful football player of all time?
Lionel Messi’s record-breaking start to the season could see him become the most successful footballer of all time. The Barcelona and Argentina forward already has a trophy cabinet that would shame most footballers. At 25, he has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, two Spanish Cups and two Spanish Super Cups. He is also a FIFA Ballon d’Or winner on three occasions – an honour only he and Dutch legend Johan Cruyff have ever achieved.
But there is one record the Argentinian has his eyes on – that of Raul Gonzalez, who scored 323 goals for Real Madrid. With 10 league games remaining this season, Messi has scored 23 goals in as many games to take his overall Barcelona tally to 280 in 336 matches. He is 43 goals behind Raul’s mark, but may well eclipse it in the coming weeks: Messi scored 46 times last season and 50 the year before.
Messi’s nearest rival for the Raul record is Brazilian Romario (71), who made his name at PSV Eindhoven in Holland before playing for Barcelona from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1996 to 1997. Third is Ferenc Puskas (242), who played for Real Madrid from 1958 to 1966 and won four European
Lionel Andres “Leo” Messi, who turns 30 on June 24, is a five-time World Player of the Year. Together with Cristiano Ronaldo, he has dominated world football for over a decade. Messi has won four Champions League titles and eight Spanish league titles with his club, Barcelona. He has also scored 59 goals for Argentina in over 100 games.
But how does he compare to all-time greats like Pele and Maradona?
For a start, Messi is one of only three players ever to score more than 60 goals in a calendar year. The others are Cristiano Ronaldo and Gerd Muller.
Messi’s record at Barcelona is even more impressive than his numbers at international level. He has played 687 games for the Catalan club, scoring 583 goals and winning 32 trophies (including eight La Liga titles). These are remarkable numbers by any measure but they are not quite good enough to make him the most successful footballer ever.
Messi’s greatest rival throughout his career has been Ronaldo. Their rivalry was sparked when they met in the 2008 Champions League final at the age of 21 and 22 respectively. There have since been many other memorable duels between them, such as the 2011 Copa del Rey final (which
Lionel Messi has won more individual awards than almost any other soccer player in history. He has been named FIFA World Player of the Year four times, after helping his team FC Barcelona win eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, among other trophies. Last week the 26-year-old Argentine signed a contract that will keep him with the Spanish club until 2018.
The deal makes Messi the highest paid player in soccer history, with an annual salary of $50 million topped up by bonuses and endorsement deals. That’s significantly more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who makes $44 million annually with Real Madrid.
But can Messi ever surpass Ronaldo as the most successful soccer player of all time?
Lionel Messi is a Argentine soccer player. He has been the world’s best player for the past several years.
Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times in his career. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was chosen as the world’s best player by a panel of experts at FIFPro, an organization that represents professional soccer players around the globe.
Messi has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey. In 2012 he became the first player to top-score in four consecutive Champions League seasons.
He made his Barcelona debut in 2004 at age 17, becoming the third-youngest player to appear for the club. He scored his first senior goal against Albacete on May 1, 2005. Messi soon became a regular first team member and continued to score goals regularly for fun.
In 2009-10 he scored 47 goals in all competitions and exceeded that total again in 2010-11 with 53 goals despite suffering from injury problems throughout much of the season. He regained his fitness during 2011-12 and finished with yet another stellar campaign – 50 goals in all competitions – as Barcelona claimed two more major trophies (La Liga & Spanish Super Cup).
The Argentinean Lionel Messi’s astonishing run of goalscoring form for Barcelona has got people asking: can he become the greatest goalscorer of all time?
Messi’s goal in last night’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain took his club tally to an astonishing 400 goals in just 469 appearances. He is already Barcelona’s top ever goalscorer, and has scored more than any other player in La Liga and the Champions League.
But how does he compare to the best players ever to have played the game?
The Irishman Jimmy Greaves was the most prolific scorer in the history of English football. He scored 366 goals in just 357 games for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, plus 44 goals for England. But this record has been largely forgotten because Greaves never had the chance to play in the lucrative European club competitions that were created after his retirement.
Gerd Muller, a German striker who played for Bayern Munich and West Germany, scored 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich and 68 international goals for West Germany. However, Muller achieved his total over a 14-year career – considerably longer than Messi’s so far – and with a heavier emphasis on domestic league play.
Lionel Messi is an absolutely incredible footballer. The Argentinean has won three Ballon d’Or awards and has scored a record 350 goals for Barcelona. He has also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award four times in his career, second only to his Argentinean teammate Javier Zanetti, who has 5. Although it is not a personal achievement, Messi led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup final, scoring four goals along the way before losing to Gerd Müller’s Germany.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players of their generation, but do they really compare? Each player has had tremendous moments in their careers. Although Messi has been more successful in his club career, Ronaldo is not far behind him with 3 Champions League titles and 2 La Liga titles. But Messi’s impact on every game he plays is remarkable – he consistently changes how Barcelona plays and how opponents defend against his team.
Ronaldo may have had better luck with injuries than Messi over their respective careers. Injuries have plagued Messi at times, notably in 2013 when he missed half the season with a hamstring injury and last year when he missed nearly two months due to a knee injury that required surgery. He recently missed two weeks due to gastrointestinal problems, but will be back for