Leo Messi has almost achieved everything with Barcelona, but if his continuity at the Catalan club is finally confirmed, he will be able to break four new records: the most seasons at Barca, the most Champions League games, the most goals in the ‘Copa del Rey’ and the most titles with the same club.
The latter record is currently held by Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United legend who won 36 titles with the ‘Red Devils’ during his career. With last season’s ‘Copa del Rey’, Messi has now won 35 titles with Barcelona.
Furthermore, if the Argentinian plays just one game in the 2021-22 season, he will have spent 17 seasons with Barcelona and will equal Xavi Hernández and Carles Rexach as the players who have spent the longest time in the first team.
Another record that Messi has in his sights is that of becoming the Barça player with the most Champions League appearances. He currently has 149 appearances and is second only to Xavi Hernández with 151. This record could fall as early as the next Champions League group stage.
Finally, Messi still has to become the top scorer in the ‘Copa del Rey’. The 56 goals he has scored place him 24 behind the legendary Josep Samitier. It is probably the most difficult mark for the Argentine star to achieve at this point in his career.
The last all-time records broken by Messi were Xavi’s 767 appearances for Barcelona (he already has 778) and Pele’s 643 goals for the same club (the player from Rosario has 672), in his case Santos.
Messi’s record includes other historical records such as being the top scorer in the history of LaLiga with 474 goals, the player with the most Ballon d’Ors and Golden Boots (six in both cases) and being the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match (against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012).