LIONEL MESSI WAS undoubtedly the standout player in last night’s El Clásico.
The Argentina international scored a hat-trick and had one assist as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 4-3.
The player also added to his growing list of records, 27 of which you can see below…
- 374 - Messi has more goals for Barcelona than any other player in history.
- 253 - He is also the club’s top scorer in official competitions.
- 4 - He is the only player to win the Ballon d’Or four times.
- 2 - He is the first player to score two hat-tricks in El Clásico history.
- 21 - He has scored more goals in El Clásico than any other player – he has also scored more Clasico goals at the Bernabeu (12) than at the Camp Nou (9).
- 12 - He has also has the most assists in El Clásico history.
- 236 - He is the top foreign goalscorer in La Liga history.
- 1 - He is the first player to score a hat-trick in a team managed by Carlo Ancelotti.
- 73 - He is the leading scorer over a season of official games.
- 4 - He is the only player who has been the Champions League top scorer for four consecutive seasons (2008/09-2011/12).
- 1 - He is the the only player to win the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player, Pichichi trophy and Golden Boot in the same season (2009/10).
- 50 - He is the leading scorer in a European league season since the start of the Golden Boot and also the leading scorer in a La Liga season (2011/12).
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(Messi scores a penalty last night)
- 73 - He is the leading scorer over a season of official games (2011/12).
- 14 - He is all-time leading scorer in a single Champions League season with 14 goals (2011/12) and jointly holds the record with Milan’s Jose Altafina (1962/63) when the European Cup is taken into consideration.
- 35 - He is the leading La Liga scorer over a season in home games (2011/12).
- 1 - He is the only player to be the leading scorer and leader in assists over a season (2011/12).
- 8 - He is the only player in history to score eight hat-tricks in a single La Liga season (2011/12).
- 5 - He is the player who has scored the most goals in a single Champions League match (v Bayer Leverkusen, 2011/12).
- 67 - He has the most Champions League goals for a single club and is four away from Raul’s all-time record of 71.
- 25 - He is the youngest player to reach 200 La Liga goals.
- 4 - He is only player to score four hat-tricks in the Champions League.
- 475 - Messi has now been involved in 475 goals during his 413 competitive games for Barcelona: 347 goals and 128 assists.
- 400 - He has scored 400 goals in 520 career appearances
- 3 - Last night was the third time in his career he has registered back-to-back hat-tricks.
- 15 - He has scored 15 goals in his last 10 competitive games.
- 24 - He is the youngest player ever to pass the 50-goal mark in the Champions League.
- 21 - He is the only player to score in 21 consecutive league matches and is the only player to score in consecutive matches against every team in the league.
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