This Friday, June 24th, is Leo Messi’s birthday and he’s reached 24 years old as the world’s top player after completing a wonderful year for the Club. Below we detail the records the young Argentinean has set this season. Happy Birthday Leo!
Most goals in a season: Messi has produced his best ever scoring stats this year,
with 53 goals in 55 games for the team: 31 in the league, 12 in the Champions League, 7 in the
Spanish Cup and 3 in the Spanish Super Cup. His previous best was 47 goals scored in the 2009/10
Matches the most goals in a Champions League: Messi’s 12 goals matches Ruud
Van Nistelroy’s dozen in the 2002/03 edition of the competition.
First time he’s scored in a UCL semi final: Leo Messi had surprisingly never
managed a goal in a Champions League semi final. But he put that right with two strikes at the
Bernabeu on April 27th –the second being one of the goals of the season.
First goal in England: Messi also broke his scoring duck in the land that invented
the game – and what better occasion to do it than in the Champions League Final at Wembley!
Century of league goals: On November 20th 2010, Messi got a hat trick in the 0-8
demolition of Almeria to take his league scoring past the hundred mark.
150 goals for the Club: Four days later, he scored in the 0-3 win against
Panathinaikos to pass the 150 goal mark in all competitions for the Club.
More games than ever: So far this season, Messi has played in 62 games for club
and country and with the Copa America due to begin on July 1st, he looks set to break his record of
64 appearances in a single season.
Three more titles: With the Spanish Super Cup. League and Champions League titles
won this season, Messi has now won a total of 15 trophies with the Club – 5 leagues, 4
Spanish Super Cups, 3 Champions Leagues, a Spanish Cup, a World Club Cup and a European Super Cup.