Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi’s career in numbers

Barca’s Lionel Messi receives the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time and explains how he has matured with age.

Lionel Messi has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Barcelona until the summer of 2021. Here, we look at the 30-year-old Barca and Argentina star’s illustrious career in numbers.

523 – Goals for Barcelona, in 602 games, including a record 361 in LaLiga.

91 – Goals scored in 2012, breaking the calendar-year record set by German Gerd Muller in 1972.

40 – Career hat tricks; 36 for Barcelona, four for Argentina.

0.87 – Goals-per-game average for Barcelona.

123 – Caps for Argentina.

61 – Goals for Argentina, taking him past Gabriel Batistuta as his nation’s all-time leading scorer. That tally includes his two in the 2008 Olympics.

4 – Goal tally in eight Argentina vs Brazil matches in his career.

8 – La Liga titles with Barcelona.

4 – Champions League wins.

5 – Times he has won the Ballon d’Or, as the world’s best player (in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

2 – Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players to have won more than three Ballon d’Or awards.

29 – Trophies won with Barca.

2008 – Olympic gold in Beijing is Messi’s only major honour with Argentina.

47 – Seconds into his Argentina debut before he was sent off, against Hungary in

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