Lionel Messi’s arrival on the field means a new record. Messi has been in the process of breaking records, either for the club or for the Argentina team.
Even at the age of 34, he is more than a young man in-field performance.
Messi has set 5 unique records this year.
The record for most matches played for Argentina
Messi holds the record for most matches played in an Argentine jersey. The previous record was held by Javier Mascherano. Messi broke Mascherano’s record of 147 matches against Paraguay in the Copa America group stage. Messi has played 10 more matches since then. At present, his match number is 158.
South America’s highest goal record
This year, Messi holds the record for the highest number of 77 goals in South America, surpassing the Brazilian legend Pel. He set the record by scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. Messi currently has 80 goals in the Argentine jersey.
Record of highest goals in one league
Messi has broken another record of Pel. The legend had a record of 469 goals for one club. Messi set the record by scoring 474 goals in a Barcelona jersey earlier this year.
Seven Ballon d’Or for the first time
This year’s Ballon d’Or was expected to be the fate of Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski. But the award for the best vote of the year went to Messi.
7 Ballon d’Ors are now in Messi’s possession. He became the first footballer in history to achieve this feat. The previous record was also his. He became the first player to win six Ballon d’Or in 2019. His closest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has five Ballon d’Ors so far.
The first player to win the Ballon d’Or in three decades
Lionel Messi has entered another unique record by winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or. He became the first player to win the Ballon d’Or in three decades.
At the age of 22, Messi won his first award in 2009. After that, he won in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for three consecutive years. He also won two Ballon d’Ors in 2015 and 2019. The last time he won was in 2021. As a result, a unique record has been set. He became the first player to win the Ballon d’Or in three different decades.