Argentina and Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest. The striker has won a number of personal and professional honours, including five Ballon d'Or awards.
The Argentinian has found himself honoured with another record as he finds himself in the Guinness World Records, with the 2020 edition giving him a special mention after he extended his all-time La Liga goalscoring record to 420.
The 32-year-old has so far netted 420 goals in just 455 games for the Catalan giants and has extended his lead over his fellow rival, Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 311 goals in 292 games, but that rivalry is over now considering that he left Real Madrid for Juventus last season.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has added to his ever-growing list of accolades after claiming another Guinness World Record award for his goalscoring exploits. He headlines a list of no fewer than 11 footballers who became record holders for 2020. #SLInthttps://t.co/wNsl0xHwKi— Soccer Laduma (@Soccer_Laduma) October 16, 2019
Messi for his part will be expected to add to his tally as he is still 32 and despite injuries this season, he was at his lethal best last campaign netting 51 goals in 50 games.
Among the other players named in the Guinness World Records 2020 are:
- Youngest player to be nominated for the Ballon D’Or - Killian Mbappé (18 years, 293 days)
- First winner of the women’s Ballon D’Or - Ada Hegerberg
- Most goals scored in the UEFA Women’s Champions League - Anja Mittag (51)
- Fastest goal scored in the EPL - Shane Long (7.69 seconds)
- Youngest player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League - João Félix (19 years, 152 days)
- Most regular season goals in the National Women’s Soccer League - Samantha Kerr (63)
- Most goals scored in La Liga - Lionel Messi (420)
- Most World Cup finals as captain - Rafael Marquez (5)
- Oldest player at a FIFA World cup - Essam El-Hadary (45 years, 161 days)
- Most EPL Hat-tricks - Sergio Agüero and Alan Shearer (11)