Happy Birthday Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi, the talisman of Argentina, celebrates his 35th birthday on June 24. The prestigious footballer moved from Barcelona to French club Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021. For many, Messi is the greatest footballer in the history of the game. He is famous for his innate dribbling, vision, passing ability and goal scoring skills.
The little magician has broken numerous records and is one of the most decorated players in the world. A graduate of Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, Messi joined his senior team at the age of 17.
Argentine legend Diego Maradona hailed Messi as his successor. He led Argentina to the final of the FIFA 2014 World Cup and ended his long wait for the national trophy by winning the Copa Am 20rica 2021.
Let’s take a look at some of Messi’s amazing figures on his 35th birthday:
Record Ballon d’Or winner
Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or trophy a record seven times, given to the best player in a calendar year. He won his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 after a three-match winning streak with Barcelona. It was the first of four consecutive Ballon d’Or trophies he won in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The second triple of his career with the famous MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) trio helped him win his 5th title in 2015. He had to wait until 2019 to lift his 6th Ballon d’Or trophy and finally he won the seventh title. 2021 pulling the weak side of Barcelona alone to get a double that season.
Top scorer for club and country
Messi has scored 630 goals in 724 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions, averaging 0.87 goals per game. He is the all-time top scorer for the Spanish Giants. He has also scored the most goals in Spain’s top-flight league, La Liga, with 443 goals.
With 86 international goals to his name, Messi is at the top of the all-time goal scorer rankings for the Argentine national team. Six of these goals came in the FIFA World Cup and nine in the Copa America.
Most goals in a calendar year
He scored a staggering 91 goals in just 69 matches in 2012. This is recognized by Guinness World Records as the highest number of goals scored by an individual player in a calendar year. Of the 91 strikes, 79 were in the colors of Barcelona and the remaining 12 were with the national party.
Won all the prestigious awards in a single season
Messi is the only player to have received four notable accolades in a single season, including the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA World Player of the Year, the Pichichi Trophy and the Golden Boot Award. He completed this milestone during his sensational 2009-10 season where he won the treble with Barcelona.
The highest number of assists by the player
The reason pundits call Messi a perfect player is because his game is not just for scoring goals. He is one of the top playmakers in the world, and his deep-rooted Tiki-Taka style of football has helped him 368 in his career, the most by any player in history.