Messi at 30: See his achievements

Happy birthday Lionel Messi – the Barcelona and
Argentina star turns 30 on Saturday.
During his long and immensely successful career,
Messi has provided plenty of iconic moments, on
and off the pitch – whether scoring a brilliant goal,
breaking another record, or collecting another

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel
Messi has celebrated his 30th birthday

In his career Messi has provided plenty of
iconic moments, on and off the pitch

Primebaze counts down 30 great moments
in the 30-year-old’s career

Messi has scored in 23 European cities and
in 16 different nations for Barcelona

His greatest year was 2012, scoring 91
goals in the calendar year, a world record

Messi’s goal record for Barca breaks down
as one goal every 102 minutes

1) Messi scored his first Barcelona goal just two
minutes after coming off the bench against
Albacete in a league match in May 2005. He picked
up a pass from Ronaldinho and lobbed the
goalkeeper brilliantly. The following 509 have been
in a similar vein.

2) The conversation as to what Messi’s best goal
is could go on for a while, but even 10 years on the
‘Messilona’ goal versus Getafe in 2007 takes some
beating. In this Copa del Rey tie, Messi emulates
Maradona with a mazy run from the halfway line
before rounding the keeper. Here’s a reminder of
that brilliance…

3) Messi scored his first Barca hat-trick on March
2007, and true to his history-making form, it was
scored versus Real Madrid. It rescued a 3-3 draw
for a Barcelona side who had played for over half
the game with 10 men. He has since netted
another 40 triples.

4) Arguably Messi’s best individual Champions
League display for Barca was his four-goal
showing against Arsenal in the 2010 quarter final
second leg. Balanced at 2-2 after the first, Arsenal
took a shock lead through Nicklas Bendtner, but
Messi soon took over, scoring all the goals in a
4-1 victory.

5) The previous year saw Messi’s first Champions
League final, having been left out of the squad in
2006 as an 18-year-old. Messi earned his first
win, and scored the second in the 2-0 triumph
over Manchester United to end as competition top

6) In 2011, Barcelona were aiming to reclaim the
Champions League crown after being stunned by
Inter Milan the previous year. They faced a semi
against Real, and Messi carried the team to victory
with both goals in the first leg at the Bernabeu. He
then scored the winner in the Wembley final,
against Man United again.

7) It is said of Alexander the Great that ‘when he
saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there
were no more worlds to conquer.’ Messi might feel
the same way – he has scored goals in 23
European cities in 16 different countries, including
Minsk, Bremen, Basle, Glasgow, Manchester and

8) Messi might have been beaten by Cristiano
Ronaldo to 100 Champions League goals, but he
has one record the Real Madrid man could not
touch – Messi remains the youngest player to
appear in 100 Champions League games.

9) If you were to pick an ‘annus miribilis’ for Messi,
it would have to be 2012 – the calendar year in
which Messi scored a still scarcely believable 91
goals, beating Gerd Muller’s record. This was
helped by the Argentine bagging 50 goals in the
2011-12 league season – although Real still won
the title.

10) All these goals contribute to a Barcelona
scoring record which stands, in competitive games
as of the end of the 2016-17 season, at 585
games, 510 goals. Which to put it bluntly is

11) His record for Barca breaks down as one goal
every 102 minutes, although in many of his most
fruitful seasons this dips under the one a game
mark. For 2016-17, Messi hit the target every 87
minutes on average for his club.

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