Awards and Achievements of Lionel Messi


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Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying eight league titles. He has also scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.

Professional career:

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At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona. Since making his debut for the club in 2004, he has played an integral role in their unprecedented success, winning a club record of 32 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey. Both a prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a season in Europe’s top five leagues and a global club competition, as well as those for most assists in La Liga and the Copa América. He has also set records in several appearances and hat-tricks scored for Barcelona and Argentina.

International career:

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An Argentine international, Messi is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. His debut in 2005 was Lionel Messi’s first senior appearance for an international side. At age 18, he was selected to represent Argentina at the 2006 FIFA World Cup which ended prematurely due to injury. He has since accrued over 130 caps and scored 70 goals, making him Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer and second most-capped player. As the captain of his country, he led Argentina to victory in the 2014 World Cup, their third continental title, and the 2015 Copa América, as well as helping the side reach the final of both the 2008 and 2016 editions. He has also represented his country at the Olympic Games, winning gold in 2008.

Awards and achievements:

In his career, Messi has won a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-equalling eight league titles. He has also scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.

Awards:

-5 Ballon d’Or (a shared record)

-8 La Liga titles (a shared record)

-4 UEFA Champions Leagues (a shared record)

-6 Copas del Rey (shared record)

-10 Supercopa de España (shared record)

-3 FIFA Club World Cups (a shared record)

-2 Olympic gold medals

-1 UEFA Super Cup

-1 FIFA World Cup

-1 Copa América

Achievements:

-Most goals in a La Liga season: 50 goals in 2011–12

-Most goals scored in a European season: 73 goals in 2011–12

-Most hat-tricks in La Liga: 36

-Most hat-tricks in a European season: 8 in 2011–12

-Most assists in La Liga: 19 in 2016–17

-Only player to reach 40 goals and 15 assists in the same La Liga season: 2016–17

-Most goals in a season for Barcelona: 59 goals in 2011–12

-Only player to score 60+ goals in a season for Barcelona: 60 goals in 2012–13

-Most La Liga hat-tricks: 36

-Most hat-tricks in all competitions: 52

-The First player to reach 300 goals in La Liga: reached the milestone in 2014

-The First player to reach 350 goals in La Liga: reached the milestone in 2016

-Most goals scored in El Clásico: 26 goals

-Most appearances in El Clásico: 43 games

-Only player to score in 15 consecutive league games: did so between March and May 2012

– Goals against every team in La Liga: has scored against all 19 teams

-Scored in 21 consecutive league appearances: achieved the feat between November 2016 and April 2017

– Leading goalscorer for Argentina (a shared record): 65 goals

-Only player to score in his first seven major finals: did so between the 2006 World Cup and the 2014 World Cup

– Most international goals in a calendar year: 12 goals in 2012

– Most Copa América appearances: 22 games

– Copa América Young Player of the Tournament: 2005

– FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014

– FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 2014

– FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2014

– La Liga Player of the Month: 9 times

– UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 3 times (a shared record)

– UEFA Champions League Player of the Season: 2 times

-UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2011

-PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2012

-FWA Footballer of the Year: 2012

-Onze d’Or (French magazine): 3 times

-Bota de Oro (Spanish newspaper): 4 times

-Ballon d’Or runner-up: 2008, 2013, 2015, 2017

-UEFA Champions League Golden Boot: 2011

-FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

Messi has also won several other personal awards, including the UEFA European Footballer of the Year award in 2009, and the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. He was also named the IFFHS World’s Best Player of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and the La Liga Player of the Season in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. He is the first player ever to win four European Golden Shoes. With his club Barcelona, Messi has won 30 trophies, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copas del Rey. He has also helped Barcelona win the FIFA Club World Cup on three occasions. With Argentina, Messi has won the Olympic gold medal in 2008, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa América. He has also been awarded the Golden Ball award as the best player at the FIFA World Cup, and the Silver Boot award as the second-highest goalscorer. In 2016, Messi became the first football player to win the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time.

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