New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde awaits, and a season full of new records for the Argentine to smash. We take a look at some of the feats Leo Messi can achieve in the years to come.
15. 1000 goals
A huge number, reached by Brazilian legend Pele. Messi will soon reach 600.
14. Golden boot record
Messi and Ronaldo have four each. He wants to be the first to make it to five.
13. Top goalscorer at a World Cup
He has taken part in three World Cups, not scoring many goals.
12. To be the top goalscorer in Champions League history
Messi has scored 94 goals. Ronaldo, 106. The Barca man is younger than the Portuguese striker, so he hopes to exceed his remarkable mark.
11. Consecutive penalties scored
Messi has managed to convert 21 penalties in a row. Ronaldo Koeman holds the record with 25.
10. Most seasons as La Liga top scorer
Four times Messi has managed to end the season as La Liga top scorer. Telmo Zarra, Athletic Bilbao legend, did it six times.
9. Lift more trophies than anyone
Maxwell, who won 37 titles, is the player with most winner’s medals. Messi has 30.
8. The player with the most Champions Leagues
Former Real Madrid man Paco Gento leads in this aspect (6), while Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has lifted 4.
7. Most ‘El Clasicos’ played
Ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez played 42. Messi has featured in 33 fixtures against their bitter rivals.
6. A hat-trick from free-kicks
The striker has scored two goals from free kicks in the same match, but never three.
5. Record of goals in one match
The Argentine scored 5 against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, but legends such as Bata (Athletic) and Kubala (Barcelona) scored 7.
4. Most matches in Barcelona’s history
Xavi again holds this record. The midfielder has played 767 matches for the Catalans with Messi trailing with 585.
3. Most capped player for Argentina
Javier Zanetti played for the South American side 145 times. Messi, recently turned 30, has represented his country on 117 occasions.
2. Win the Copa America
He has reached three finals of the Copa America… never managing to lift the trophy. Brazil (2007) and Chile (2015 and 2016) beat Argentina.
1. Win the World Cup
Leo Messi’s main obsession. Maradona knows what it feels like to win the World Cup… but not Messi. Argentina were defeated in the 2014 final, and they expect to redeem themselves in Russia 2018.