PSG won 3-0 against Marseille, thanks to which they further separated themselves from the closest pursuer. The main architect of the victory was Lionel Messi, who scored a goal and two assists that became special. Now the Argentine striker has become the first player in history to score 700 goals in the top European championships. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 701 goals in Europe, but five of them were in the Portuguese championship. Let’s summarize the big event.
Number of goals per match
On average, Messi only needs 98 minutes per goal. And given his 840 club appearances, it’s easy to see that the Argentine scores an average of 0.83 goals per game.
Number of goals per season
This season, Leo has 17 + 16 points in “goal + pass” in 28 games. And this is the 17th consecutive season in which he has scored more than 10 goals. The last time he scored less was just in the 2005/06 season, when he was 18 years old.
He also has a ten-year stretch in his career when he scored more than 40 goals in one season. 40! And the 2012 calendar year turned out to be the best in Lionel’s career, because he scored as many as 91 goals.
Messi’s favorite clubs
Above all, Lionel scored against five clubs: Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic, Atlético, Real Madrid. In total, 156 goals flew to its doors.
Messi is not a classic finisher, which is why he has accumulated a multitude of assists throughout his career. At the moment he has 299 of them, which is an incredible number. For example, one of the best midfielders of the 21st century, Xavi, has 212 assists, Steven Gerrard has 169, Iniesta has 162. Messi is well above all the players of our time.
Goals from outside the area and penalties
Messi not only perfectly penetrates inside the penalty area, but is also well trained in shooting from outside. In total, he scored 75 goals from a far position, another 52 goals from free kicks.
There are not so many goals from penalties in Messi’s career: 84. All the others were scored from free kicks or from play.
Who can get close to Messi?
“Club-700” is a brand new and almost unattainable for any football player. The closest current player who could theoretically measure up to Messi is Robert Lewandowski, but he only has 472 goals in the big European leagues. The Pole is already 34 years old, and it is unlikely that he will have time to score another 228 goals. It would seem that he scored so much for Bayern, but this is not reflected in the statistics in any way compared to Leo.
Looking ahead, Kylian Mbappe has the potential to score 227 goals at the age of 24. And another super striker, Erling Haaland, has just 119 goals at the age of 22. Even if the Norwegian scores at least 30 goals over 15 seasons in a row, it won’t be enough to catch up with Leo.