Lionel Messi may not have had the most fruitful of seasons in terms of trophies, failing to inspire Argentina to a World Cup triumph, and also being condemned to a fifth-place finish in the Ballon d’Or, however, the Barcelona superstar has continued to dominate with the ball at his feet, setting a number of personal records this calendar year.
FOX Sports Asia looks at five records Messi has broken in 2018:
#1 Most LaLiga wins by a Barcelona player (323)
This was always a record that would eventually have Messi’s name on it considering just how early he made his debut for Barcelona.
Messi recently broke former teammate Xavi’s record for most wins by a Barcelona player in LaLiga after the Catalan giants’ 5-0 victory against Levante.
Messi now has 323 LaLiga wins to his name, surpassing his former teammate who sits on 322.
Messi became the only player in LaLiga history to score at least 10 goals in 13 consecutive seasons.
The Argentine achieved the feat when he scored a sublime freekick against Espanyol.
Messi’s goal tally in the last 13 LaLiga seasons:
#3 Most goals for single club in Champions League (106)
His performance prompted manager Ernesto Valverde to sing his praises.
“Messi is normal because we always see it. In any of us it would be abnormal, but he does extraordinary things and makes them routine.”
#5 50+ goals in eight of last nine calendar years
A record that speaks volumes of Messi’s consistency. The Argentine has netted at least 50 times across all competitions, including international matches, in eight of the last nine calendar years.
He notched his 50th goal of 2018 in Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Levante this past week. His most prolific year was 2012 when he netted a mind-boggling 91 goals in all competitions.