Lionel Messi has written his name into the record books yet again as the player with the most La Liga goals in history. This Argentine international has been on the Guinness World Records on several occasions throughout his career to date – so it comes as no surprise that Guinness World Records have handed him another.
The Barcelona ace has been rewarded for extending his all-time La Liga goals record to an astounding 420 with a special mention in the Guinness World Records 2020 edition.
Messi has bagged his 420 goals in only 455 games for Barcelona, giving him a goals to games ratio of 0.92.
The Argentina forward is miles ahead of his long-standing rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid with 311 goals in 292 games, and is still going strong.
Messi had passed former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra’s all-time La Liga strike record of 251 goals some years ago.
And the 32-year-old can extend his record even further in the coming seasons should he stay fit and remain at the Nou Camp.
He already holds the record for most goals in a calendar year in all competitions with an astonishing 91 in 2012.
And he holds the record for most goals scored in one La Liga season with 50 goals in the 2011–12 season.
Indeed, Messi has scored at least 26 goals in each of his last 10 La Liga seasons.
Messi and Zarra, who was the competition’s all-time top scorer until 2014, are the only players ever to win the top scorer award in six seasons.
Messi has won the Pichichi, a trophy awarded by Spanish newspaper Marca each year for La Liga’s top scorer, for the last three seasons and in six of the last 10 seasons.
He is second in the all-time record for La Liga hat-tricks, however, but is only one hat-trick behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s 34.
Among the other footballing record-breakers to appear in Guinness World Records 2020 are:
· Youngest player to be nominated for the Ballon D’Or – Killian Mbappé (18 years, 293 days)
· First winner of the women’s Ballon D’Or – Ada Hegerberg
· Most goals scored in the UEFA Women’s Champions League – Anja Mittag (51)
· Fastest goal scored in the EPL – Shane Long (7.69 seconds)
· Youngest player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League – João Félix (19 years, 152 days)
· Most regular season goals in the National Women’s Soccer League – Samantha Kerr (63)
· Most goals scored in La Liga – Lionel Messi (417)
· Most World Cup finals as captain – Rafael Marquez (5)
· Oldest player at a FIFA World cup – Essam El-Hadary (45 years, 161 days)
· Most EPL Hat-tricks – Sergio Agüero and Alan Shearer (11)