Messi's record-breaking club career in numbers

Lionel Messi is seen at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport with his wife Antonela and their children before flying to Paris on 10 August 2021.Reuters

As Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday prepared to welcome Lionel Messi after a record-breaking spell at Barcelona, AFP looks at some of the key numbers in the Argentine's club career.


The number of Ballons d'Or, football's most prestigious individual award, won by Messi since the start of his career (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019), one more than his perennial rival, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.


The number of trophies Messi won in a Barcelona shirt. In detail, he has won four Champions Leagues, 10 Spanish championships, seven Copas del Rey, three European Super Cups, eight Spanish Super Cups and three Club World Cups.


The number of goals scored by Messi in La Liga in the 38 matches of the 2011-2012 season, a record. That season he scored a total of 73 (another record).


Messi's net salary in millions of euros at Barcelona per season, according to Spanish daily El Mundo. In Paris, his salary would be around 40m euros, ($46.9m) according to the French press, which would put him in the same category as Neymar (36m euros), until now the highest paid player in the history of Ligue 1.

Graphic with the achievements, personal records and most important moments in the career of Argentine football player Lionel Messi.


The number of goals scored by the 'Pulga' (flea) in La Liga in 520 games played with Barcelona (0.91 goals per game), the most in La Liga history ahead of Ronaldo (451).


The number of victories by Barca in Messi's 778 appearances (another record).


The number of four-goal games for Barcelona. He also scored 41 hat-tricks and had one five-goal game.


The most goals scored in one season in the Champions League (2011/2012). A record that Ronaldo broke two years later when he hit 17.


The number of consecutive games in which Messi found the net in La Liga in the 2012/2013 season.


The number of goals scored against arch-rivals Real Madrid.


The minute of his last goal in a Barca shirt, against Celta Vigo on May 16, a home loss that ended the club's hopes of the title.

245 million

The number of followers the Argentine star has on Instagram. It is one of the biggest accounts on the social network, much more than the number who followed PSG (38.6 M) before news of Messi's arrival boosted their social media numbers.


The number of goals scored for Barcelona in all competitions. That's 28 more than Pele scored with Santos between 1956 and 1974.

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