Lionel Messi is Used to Career Milestones, But What New Records and Challenges will the Argentine Maestro Be Having a Go at in 2018?
Since making his official debut as a La Masia graduate in 2004/05, Lionel Messi has forged a ‘record breaking, history making’ career path for himself, alongside Real Madrid ace, Cristiano Ronaldo
In 2017, the 30-year-old set an amazing list of new records including a record equaling fourth golden shoe, 600 games for Barcelona, and 526 goals for an individual club in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Of course, Messi continued from where he left off in 2017 with a goal in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Levante, his 400th La Liga appearance for the Catalan giants
What other challenges/records lay ahead for the Argentine maestro? find out below
Break the Jinx Against Chelsea
While Lionel Messi has enjoyed memorable encounters against top sides like Real Madrid,Manchester United, Arsenal, AC Milan, Man City and FC Bayern, the Barcelona ace has failed to find the back of the net against Premier League Champions Chelsea.
In eight meetings with the Roman army, the closest Messi has come to scoring was in 2012, when he struck the woodwork from the spot as Chelsea defied all odds to progress to the Champions league final at Barcelona’s expense.
However, the 2017/18 Champions league last-16 draw provides two fresh opportunities for Barcelona’s no.10 to finally open his account against Antonio Conte’s side.
Fifth Champions League Triumph
Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi have all enjoyed the luxury of winning the UEFA Champions league on four different occasions, what else do they have in common? they all want a fifth.
Should the Blaugrana eventually scale through the rounds to lift the trophy in Kiev? Then Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and the legendary Iniesta will set a new record of five winners’ medals since the competition was renamed in 1992.
The iconic trio were part of the Barcelona sides that won the Champions league in 2006 (Paris vs Arsenal), 2009 (Rome vs Manchester United), 2011 (London vs Manchester United) and 2015 (Berlin vs Juventus)
The Champions League 100 Club
No, not Champions league appearances, he’s done that already. However, Lionel Messi still has an unsettled score with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to Champions league goals.
With 97 goals to his name, The king of Barcelona has the most goals for Los Cules in the competition’s history and an additional three will earn him a pass into the UEFA Champions League 100 Club; a VVIP lounge currently occupied by just one man, who?
Your guess is as good as ours, Cristiano Ronaldo (who else).
Fifth Pichichi, Fifth Golden Shoe
With 16 league goals so far, Lionel Messi is well on course to becoming La Liga top scorer for the fifth time in his career, an astonishing record even by his own standards
Truth of the matter is, every time the Argentine has won the Pichichi, the award for top scorer (Golden shoe) in Europe’s top five leagues has also followed
Although, Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (20 Serie-A goals so far) is having the time of his life, bossing the goal-scoring charts in Italy and Europe, Lionel Messi still has over 20 games to give the Italian forward a run for his money.
Record Scorer, Europe’s Top Five Leagues
After scoring against Levante on La Liga Match day 18, Lionel Messi now has 365 league goals, one short of English legend Jimmy Greaves who scored a career record 366 goals (357 in England and 9 in Italy).
The Argentina captain needs two more goals to set a new record in that regard and it would take a brave man to bet against that happening in the coming weeks.
Score Against Girona and Make History
In his very colorful career, Real Madrid Legend Raul Gonzales scored against a record 36 teams in La Liga, technically no Spanish top-flight team escaped his wrath
Lionel Messi isn’t far behind, in fact, Barcelona’s all-time top scorer only has to score in the return leg against Girona to equal Raul’s record.
Over to you La Pulga!
Equaling Iker Casillas’ Record La Liga Wins.
With 302 wins in 400 league appearances for Barcelona, Lionel Messi is 33 wins behind Iker Casillas’ record 344 La Liga victories with defending champions Real Madrid
Barcelona are having an electrifying season and with over 15 wins from 18 games this season, it’s fair to say the Rosario native is inching closer to yet another career milestone.