Top 5 Records yet to be Broken by Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi. The name itself is enough to strike terror into the hearts of the bravest defenders of his era. As he approaches the twilight of his career, journalists from all over the world have run out of superlatives to describe the divine Messi. Apparently, his former coach Pep Guardiola did have a tad bit of advice for them as he quoted those words.
"Don't write about him. Don't try to describe him: Just watch him."
Considered by many as the greatest player ever to play the game of football, Leo Messi has given them every reason to say so. You would be absolutely tired if you try to count his accolades. They are limitless.
And records? Oh, don't even think about it. Even Messi himself wouldn't be able to remember the amount he has broken. It feels criminal to describe his feats in words, as adjectives have proven so inadequate in describing his god-like achievements. Needless to say, he occupies the throne in the pantheon of the greatest footballers ever to grace the game.
When people saw Pele and Maradona, they were sure they wouldn't see anyone like them ever again. But then, Messi happened. And he has broken almost every other record that Pele and Maradona held for years. Out of them, some look like they will never be broken again. Here are the top 5 records Messi has yet to break in his career.
Note: Stats updated as of 16 November 2018
#5 Most Appearances for Barcelona
Messi started his club career in 2004, aged 17. He was the youngest player to feature in a La Liga match for the Catalans until the record was broken by Bojan. Since then, Messi has come a long way, scoring countless times while breaking a number of records.
The Argentine skipper is already the all-time top scorer for Barcelona with a whopping tally of over 550 goals. Considering the fact that he has 4 to 5 years left under his belt, he could end up amassing an unimaginable number of goals.
However, Leo Messi is still behind Xavi Hernandez in the count of most appearances for the Catalans. Xavi has appeared 869 times for Barca from 1998 to 2015.
Messi recently played his 700th game for the club in a game against Leganes in LaLiga this season. He became only the third player to surpass the 700-game mark behind Xavi and Andres Iniesta. He currently has 705 appearances under his belt for Barcelona.