In a Barcelona team with few ideas, the moments of brilliance occur when Lionel Messi appears. Again, it was the 10th that woke up the team and showed the way to victory over Elche for La Liga. He got two, and participated in the their, to won 3-0. With a new double, the Argentine star has scoring records at the height of the player he is: one of the best in history. In La Liga he has achieved 462 goals in 507 games, currently being the highest historical scorer in the competition.
With this new double, Lionel Messi equaled his eternal competitor, Cristiano Ronaldo, with a figure of 137 matches celebrating in pairs. In addition, reviewing his numbers, we can highlight that the Argentina player has scored three or more goals in 54 games. His record for goals in the same match was achieved in the Champions League by scoring 5 against Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012.
Lionel Messi is the top scorer in the history of La Liga Santander, the highest category of Spanish football. Consequently, he accumulates 462 in 507 matches, which indicates an average of 0.91 goals per game played. What´s more, he has scored 119 goals in 148 Champions League games played, and 54 in 78 Copa del Rey games. In total, adding the competitions for the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, he has accumulated 657 in 762 games with the Blaugrana shirt.
As a curiosity, Lionel Messi has faced 40 different rivals in this league, scoring at least one goal against 38 of them. Only against two teams, the Argentine failed to celebrate: Xerez and Real Murcia. It shoul be note, that only against Xerez has faced more than once (two games) without scoring. And another mark of this star, is that he scored in ten consecutive matches between December 2012 and January 2013, 16 goals in total, his all-time record in all competitions.
The surprise reaction of the Elche goalkeeper to a request from Messi
Leo scored two goals against Edgar Badía, the visitor’s goalkeeper, who suffered during the 90 minutes. The funny thing is that the person in charge of defending the three sticks of Elche team, at the end of the match, asked the argentinian player for his shirt and he was pleasantly surprised. Messi immediately gave him his shirt, and the goalkeeper thanked him excitedly. It was then that the 10th, asked him for his shirt too, to add on his collection, something that not even the goalkeeper could imagine. A fun moment that ended with laughter and a warm hug after the match.