Barcelona Set Incredible 2020 Targets For Lionel Messi
Not a year goes by that Lionel Messi doesn't do something incredible and Barcelona are certainly expecting their star man to continue that trend in 2020.
Messi may not have managed to add an international tournament or another Champions League to his resume in 2019 but he did win his sixth Ballon d'Or, making him the most successful player in the award's history.
This year Messi is clearly hoping to right the wrongs of last year with Barcelona posting his goals for the year:
Beat Pelé as the top goalscorer for a single team
Win a fifth Champions League
Win his eleventh Liga title
Win back the cup
A seventh Ballon d'Or
Fourth Golden Shoe in a row
Top Zarra's Pichichi record
Set a new Barça Clásico appearances record
Close in on a new Barça appearance record
Set a new record for one-club titles
Be all-time top scorer in the Champions League
Win the Copa America with Argentina
If Messi manages to reach all these targets in the next 52 weeks then it'll be time to end the argument for the greatest player of all time, sorry Cristiano.
Some of the targets are more attainable than others but if the Champions League and Copa America were to go to Messi then the Ballon d'Or would surely follow anyway.
At the top of the list is breaking Pele's record of goals for Santos. The Brazilian scored 643 times for the club and the current best in the world needs just 25 more to break that record.
The lowest amount of goals he scored in a full calendar year in the last decade was 45 in 2013 so that's one goal he should definitely hit in the next 365 days.
The 32-year-old will almost certainly break his club's record for most Clasico appearances as he's level with Xavi with 42 appearances. Playing against Real Madrid in March will give him the outright record and should Sergio Ramos miss the game he'll be level with the defender for both clubs on most appearances in the fixture.
He needs abouther 62 appearances to pass Xavi for most appearances in any competition for the club, which means he is unlikely to beat it in 2020, but he can certainly come close and pass the Spaniard in 2021.
Messi does need to hurry up if he's going to win another European Golden Shoe as he's currently six goals, or 12 points, behind Robert Lewandowski, but no one would rule it out, but he is top of the La Liga race for the Pichichi Trophy.
How many of his goals will Messi achieve this year?