Leo Messi has achieved practically everything with Barcelona, but if his continuity in the Barça club is finally confirmed, he will be able to break four new records: more seasons at Barça, more UEFA Champions League matches, more goals in the Copa del Rey and more titles with the same club.
This latest record is currently held by Ryan Giggs, the legendary Manchester United player, who won 36 titles with the ‘Red Devils’ during his career. With the Copa del Rey achieved last season, Messi has 35 with Barcelona.
Also, if the Argentine footballer disputes a single game of the 2021-2022 academic year, he will add 17 seasons in Barcelona and equal Xavi Hernández and Carles Rexach as the players who will have remained in the Barça first team for the longest time.
Another record that Messi has to shoot is that of becoming the Barça player with the most games played in the Champions League. Currently accumulates 149 games and only Xavi Hernández surpasses him with 151. This record could fall already in the next group stage of the ‘Champions’.
Finally, Messi still has ahead of him becoming Barça’s top scorer in the Copa del Rey. His 56 goals put him within 24 of the legendary Josep Samitier. It is surely the most difficult mark to achieve for the Argentine star at this point in his career.
The last historical records that Messi broke were Xavi’s 767 games with Barcelona (he already has 778) and Pelé’s 643 goals with the same club (Rosario’s has 672), in his case Santos.
In Messi’s record, other historical marks stand out, such as being the top scorer in LaLiga history with 474 goals, the player with the most Ballons d’Or and more Golden Boots (six in both cases) and being the first footballer to score five goals in a Champions League game (against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012).