nfb_10 42 Posted May 18, 2017 Share Posted May 18, 2017 List of a select few of the records held by the best player in the world: -Record for most goals scored in a calendar year: 91 -First player ever to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league -Only player to win four Ballon D'Or in a row and only player to have won five -First player to ever score five goals in a Champions League match -Most goals scored in a single season: 73 -Joint most hattricks in the Champions League -El Clasico top scorer -Player with the most away goals scored in La Liga history -Only player to have scored 50 goals in a single La Liga season -Joint most hattricks in a single La Liga season -Youngest player ever to score 200 La Liga goals -Only player to ever score two hattricks in El Clasico ( one at Camp Nou and one at the Santiago Bernabeu ) -Youngest player to ever score an El Clasico hattrick: 19 years old -Most assists in La Liga -La Liga's all time top scorer -FC Barcelona's all time top scorer ( and he became their all time top scorer at just 24 years old ) -Argentina's all time top scorer -Only player to have been top scorer of the Champions League four years in a row -Youngest player to ever win 3 Ballon D'Or -Only player to have netted in 21 consecutive matches in a domestic league -Player to have netted the most braces in La Liga history -First player to ever reach 300 goals in La Liga history -Youngest player to ever score 200 goals in La Liga history, he did it when he was just 25 years old -Joint most goals for Argentina in a calendar year -Only Argentine to score against all CONMEBOL teams -Youngest Argentine to ever play in a World Cup game at just 18 years old -Only player to ever become top scorer in three consecutive La Liga seasons -Only player to ever score 40+ goals in 8 consecutive seasons -Only player to ever score in six separate competitions in the same season twice ( 2011 and 2015 ) -Most appearances in the Ballon D'Or final three -Joint most international goals scored in a single year for both club and national team -Only player to ever score 60+ goals in two consecutive seasons -Joint most goals scored in the Champions League against a single opponent, having netted 9 goals against Arsenal -Youngest player to ever reach 100 Champions League appearances -Joint most Champions League top scorer awards -Only player to ever score in 23 different cities in the Champions League What have some of the biggest names in football have to say about Lionel Messi? "Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol. Today you need a machine gun to stop Messi"~Hristo Stoichkov "For me, to watch Messi is play is a pleasure-it's like having an orgasm-it's an incredible pleasure"~Luis Figo "They tell me that all men are equal in God's eyes, this player makes you seriously think about those words"~Ray Hudson "Messi is class. There's him, and then there is the rest. What he does is extraordinary"~Franck Ribery "For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is a role model for children around the world… Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league"~Johan Cruyff "He is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backwards or sideways. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal. So as a football fan, just enjoy the show"~Zinedine Zidane "Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi"~Arsene Wenger "I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius"~Diego Maradona "Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet"~Arda Turan "Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems"~Zlatan Ibrahimovic "Who’s better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is good, but Messi is 10 times better"~Klaas-Jan Huntelaar "Lionel Messi is quite clearly the best player ever. It’s a pleasure to pit myself against him and when I finish my career it’s something I can look back on and know I’ve tested myself against the very best"~John Terry "In my entire life I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs... Before a game, you can plan for everything. But Messi can produce a move that no-one expects and change the game in an instant"~Fabio Capello "Is Messi a real player or a PlayStation character?"~Radamel Falcao "Messi is a genius. He has everything. When I watch him, I see a player who is very, very, skilful, very clever and his left foot is like Diego Maradona’s"~Franz Beckenbauer "If he is so good, how can you express that? The superlatives ran out ages ago. On these pages, swearing has been tried. Or perhaps a symbol, something to signify that we have gone beyond words now"~Sid Lowe "Don't write about him, don't try to describe him. Just watch him"~Pep Guardiola "Messi is God, as a person and even more as a player. I knew him when he was a boy and I’ve watched him grow. He deserves it all"~Samuel Eto'o "I think he reached and surpassed the level of Maradona. He does incredible things, at a speed that is insane"~Paolo Maldini "Messi is a Joke, for me he is the Best Ever!"~Wayne Rooney "Every time he plays, Leo Messi reminds me more of Maradona, both left-footed and short, Messi is the best player in the world.. For us it is not a surprise. Since he began to come and train with us and we knew we would go down this path. Someday I will explain that I was at the birth of one of the footballing greats: Leo Messi"~Ronaldinho "I am not ashamed to admit that in the games against Barcelona I spent a lot of the time just hoping he would take up positions as far away from me as possible. Elusive is the word that immediately springs to mind when I think about Messi’s style of play. You think you have an eye on him and then – blink – he has gone, only to reappear somewhere else in space, with the ball"~Paul Scholes "Messi is on a different level. The fact he is doing what he is year after year says that he is the best of all time"~Ruud Van Nistelrooy "Messi is a once in a generation player. It’s unlikely that any human being will repeat his numbers"~Gianluigi Buffon "My record stood for 40 years and now the best player in the world has broken it. I’m happy for him. Messi is fantastic. An incredible player, a giant. And such a nice and modest guy"~Gerd Muller "Messi is the Best. There must be life out there somewhere, on some other planet. Because he is too good and we are just too bad for him"~Jurgen Klopp "There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world"~Ronaldo (Brazil) "Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category"~Sir Alex Ferguson "Messi is like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make. He made the impossible, possible. He has something exceptional. In the biggest games, exceptional players still make the difference. Messi is the best player in the world, and by a distance"~Arsene Wenger Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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