Overview of Lionel Messi’s journey in Barcelona colors.
1. General overview:
Lionel Messi joined FC Barcelona in 2000, at the age of 13. After 21 years of dedication, the talented Argentine striker has left a series of legacies and peaks: He has scored a total of 672 goals in 778 appearances, won 35 trophies big and small, of which has 10 titles in La Liga and 4 titles in the Champions League. This is a “terrible” number that has made Messi’s legendary two words in Barcelona (Spain) in 21 years of playing here.
2. Lionel Messi’s journey at Barca:
– Lionel Messi joined the club in Spain when he was just 13 years old in 2000 and has become a bright star of the youth team. He was then promoted to the first team by coach Frank Rijikaard at the age of 16 – in a friendly against Porto in 2003. He made his La Liga debut in October 2004, and scored his first goal. Spain’s No. 1 league in May 2005 against Albacete at Camp Nou
– Got himself 6 goals in 17 appearances in the 2005-2006 season, that was the year Barca won the championship for the second year in a row, but Messi did not play in the final. Champions League with Arsenal when the home team won 2-1.
– Played an important role when the home team won 6 titles in 2009, respectively Champion League, La Liga, King’s Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. That was the year Messi won his first Ballon d’Or and became the first player in history to win 4 Ballon d’Or in a row.
In addition, he helped Barca retain La Liga title for the third year in a row in the 2010-2011 season before defeating Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final.
– Although the Camp Nou team did not raise the La Liga trophy or the Champions League in the 2011-2012 season, the Argentine striker surpassed his senior Cesar Rodriguez to become Barca’s all-time number one striker, He ended 2012 with a total of 91 goals across all competitions. In addition, Messi has set a new record when 50 goals in a season in La Liga. It is an unbelievable milestone that Cristiano Ronaldo may not have been able to reach.
– At the end of the 2014 Champions League season, Messi reached the record of 71 goals for his elder brother Raul after scoring against Ajax Amsterdam. But in Europe’s No. 1 arena, he was surpassed by his colleague Ronaldo in the scoring list.
– A series of top performances were shown by Messi in the 2014-2015 season, after helping Barca win 3 consecutive titles for the second time in history, the South American player owned the golden ball. 4th in his career and has become the all-time top “scorer” in La Liga.
– After teammate Andres Iniesta retired in May 2018, Lionel Messi became Barca’s captain for the following season and helped the home team once again lift the La Liga trophy. But unfortunately, the Spanish team had to stop in the Champions League semi-finals when they lost 5-4 after two matches against Liverpool.
– In 2019, Messi set a new record after winning the golden ball for the 6th time in his career.
– In August 2020, he intended to leave Barca after having controversies with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, but he decided to stay for another season.
– After his final season with the Spanish royal team, the Argentinian player surpassed the record of “football king” Pele after scoring his 644th goal for Barca in a match against Valladolid in La Liga. in December 2020. But the club he played for only won the King’s Cup and finished third in La Liga, stopping in the 1/8 round of the Champions League.
Barcelona – The team that the Argentine striker has dedicated himself to for more than two decades, Lionel Messi has brought a series of records, trophies, great images not only to the coaching staff but also to the whole team. football fans in general and the Camp Nou team in particular.