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The 5 records Lionel Messi still needs to break

The 5 records Lionel Messi still needs to break

Posted by Juan Gavasa on November 24, 2014

Lionel Messi made history on Sunday when, at the age of just 27 years, four months and 28 days, he became the highest scorer in Liga history. A hat-trick against Sevilla took his overall tally to 253 career league goals in Spain, surpassing the tally of 251 which was set by Telmo Zarra at the age of 34 in 1955. But while Messi may have conquered Spain’s domestic league, and is Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer, he still has other peaks to climb. Here we look at the records which Messi still has to break.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Raul is one of the best forwards of the modern era, and recently signed for New York Cosmos.

This is likely to be the easiest, in the short-term at least, as a goal against Ajax on November 5 was Messi’s 71st in the Champions League, putting him level with Real Madrid great Raul. The record could go on Tuesday night when Barcelona travel to APOEL. However, holding onto it could prove tricky as Cristiano Ronaldo is on 70 himself and Madrid face Basel on Wednesday.

COPA DEL REY

Zarra may have been deposed as La Liga’s best ever goalscorer but his mark in the Spanish cup is likely to remain intact. While the Athletic Bilbao hero scored 81 times in the competition – winning the Copa del Rey in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1950 and 1955 – Messi has only 29 in 44 games. The chances of him scoring another 53 seem rather remote.

ARGENTINA NATIONAL SIDE

Messi has a fine record of 45 goals in 97 appearances for his country but still has some way to go to match and then surpass the tally of Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 56 times in only 78 appearances for the South American country. It will surely only be a matter of time before Messi becomes officially his country’s greatest ever goalscorer.

COPA AMERICA

A lamentable two goals in two editions of the Copa America has Messi well down the list of greats. Indeed, the leading scorers in Copa America history are Argentinian Norberto Mendez and Brazilian Zizinho, both of whom scored 17 times in the finals. Messi will have to score a bucketload in the next edition in Chile next year to even get close to approaching such numbers.

WORLD CUP

The biggest black spot against the career of possibly the finest footballer ever. Messi has only scored four goals in World Cup history, with four coming this summer in Brazil as Argentina reached the final, only to lose to Germany. Miroslav Klose is out in front with 16 so Messi needs to replicate Just Fontaine’s haul of 13 in 1958 in Russia in four years if he is to trouble the German striker. Considering that Thomas Mueller is just 25 and already has 10 goals at the World Cup, he is a more likely pretender to Klose’s crown. Messi can’t even match Batistuta’s record of 10 World Cup goals for Argentina.

 
 
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