The 10 Lionel Messi Records 'Nobody Talks About'
Lionel Messi has broken so many records in his glittering record in his career that it's normal for some to be lost in the shuffle.
There's simply too many to mention regarding the six-time Ballon d'Or winner thankfully @AFC_MXL has collated ten of Messi's most underrated statistics for club and country in a Twitter thread.
For starters, Messi has scored the most goals in La Liga from a substitute in the 21st century and the most substitute goals in the Copa America.
Most goals as a substitute in a Copa America game pic.twitter.com/qxuosbguep- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 26, 2020
Of course the Barcelona talisman typically starts from the off but on the odd occasion he's on the bench, he regularly changes the game.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone famously refused to celebrate a goal for his side because he saw Messi warming up - minutes later and his compatriot scored the winner for Barca.
He's also scored six goals outside the box on the trot and is the only player to score in the World Cup in his teens, 20s and 30s.
Most consecutive La Liga goals from outside the box (6) pic.twitter.com/SvBZKc5VQX- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 25, 2020
Only player to score a World Cup goal in his teens, 20's and 30's pic.twitter.com/yhv6TX3zxd- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 25, 2020
Messi has failed to win the World Cup and some have been critical of his performances on the biggest stage for Argentina. Still, he holds the record for the most assists in World Cup history.
Aided by his outrageous technique and dead-ball proficiency, the 32-year old has scored over 50 free-kicks goals and has notched more goals from set-pieces than any other club in the past few years.
More Free Kick goals than any other club in the last 4 years pic.twitter.com/VG4Q7RaERS- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 25, 2020
He's also the only player to score and assist in every competition in a single season, as well as the only player to win 'The Best Player Of The Tournament' award at least once in all international tournaments.
Only player to score & assist in all competitions in one season pic.twitter.com/KuL1eAbpDl- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 26, 2020
The only player to win 'The Best Player Of The Tournament' award at least once in all international tournaments pic.twitter.com/g2oAafLNHY- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 26, 2020
The diminutive Argentine has a host of Champions League records belonging to him, including the most Champions League hat-tricks and being the only player to have netted an insane five goals in one game.
The only player to have scored 5 goals in a single Champions League knockout game pic.twitter.com/xGQ919EBwd- :m: (@AFC_MxL) May 26, 2020
That five-goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, part of his mindblowing 91-goal year, earned him a 10/10 rating from L'Equipe.