Lionel Messi: Records broken by mercurial Argentine after passing 100 career goals for Argentina
Lionel Messi has surpassed 100 career goals for Argentina.
With three goals in the first half of Tuesday’s international friendly against Curacao, Lionel Messi has now scored 100 goals in his career for Argentina.
In the 20th minute, Messi, 35, scored his 100th goal against the Caribbean squad with a right-footed drive from the edge of the area.
- Lionel Messi has surpassed 100 career goals for Argentina.
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- Some Records Broken By Messi
- Most La Liga Hat-Tricks in a Season
- Most Goals Scored in a La Liga Season
- Most Goals in a Club Season
- World Record for Most Goals Scored in One Year
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With a crossing shot to the right of the goalie, he added his 100th and 102nd goals for Argentina, respectively. At halftime, Argentina had a 5-0 advantage over Curacao, with goals from Nico Gonzalez and Enzo Fernandez.
The Argentine captain trails only two players on the list of most goals scored for national teams in official matches; Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with 122, and Iran’s Ali Daei, with 109.
The friendly in Santiago del Estero is Argentina’s second since winning the World Cup title in December. Messi’s team beat Panama 2-0 in Buenos Aires last week.
Some Records Broken By Messi
Claiming that Lionel Messi is a record breaker would be an understatement. In fact, the Barcelona and Argentina star could be classified as the epitome of a record breaker.
It could prove to be a nearly impossible task to break down Messi’s best records, but that is exactly what we will attempt to do in this article.
Most La Liga Hat-Tricks in a Season
Hat-tricks have always held a special place in the world of football. Anytime a player is able to score three times in one match, he certainly deserves his praise.
Lionel Messi has scored his fair share of hat-tricks in his career, but it is the record he set on Wednesday (March 20, 2012) makes our list.
The Argentina international holds the record for most La Liga hat-tricks in one season with eight.
Most Goals Scored in a La Liga Season
Merely one season after Cristiano Ronaldo broke the La Liga record for most goals scored in one season with 41, Lionel Messi shattered the mark by netting 50 times (via fcbarcelona).
The record marked one of Messi’s biggest accomplishments and rightly so. The Argentine yet again stamped his name on the Spanish record books with a feat that appeared to be humanly impossible.
Barcelona’s star averaged over one goal per game to break the record. With such an average, it was no surprise that analysts began to wonder if they were indeed witnessing the greatest player to ever grace the football pitch.
Most Goals in a Club Season
If breaking the record for most goals scored in a La Liga season weren’t enough, Lionel Messi took it upon himself to also set the record for most goals in a club season in the same year.
The Argentine scored an unbelievable 73 goals across all competitions, which previously was a number thought to be beyond the realm of possibility. Though the forward played in multiple competitions, no one would ever expect a single player to amass such a number of goals.
In fact, Lionel Messi outscored such a significant number of entire teams, so the record appears to be something of legend.
World Record for Most Goals Scored in One Year
Lionel Messi did something that should be impossible in December 2012. After Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in one year had stood for 40 years, Lionel Messi broke and reset the number for himself.
The Argentine wonder finished the year of 2012 having found the net an immaculate 91 times. Allow that to sink in, again.
Never has anyone dreamed that a feat like this could be accomplished, and yet it was. Even if some are not willing to admit that Lionel Messi is already the greatest to ever play, this record alone shows that he eventually will be.