Soccer player Lionel Messi broke two major records this week, making him the top scorer not only in Spanish history but in European history as well.
The 27-year-old Argentinian native has been playing for various Futbol Club Barcelona teams since 2000. From 2005 to 2007, Messi held the record for the youngest Barcelona player to score in Spains La Liga. He has regularly been considered one of the best – if not the best – soccer players in the world since 2007. He won the Ballon dOr in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, making him the first player to win this highest honor 4 times.
On a November 22 match against Sevilla, Leo scored his 253rd La Liga goal with a hat-trick, breaking the previous record of 251 goals set by Telmo Zarra in 1955. As if that werent enough, in a Champions League match against the Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia on November 25, another hat-trick led Messi to the top-scoring spot in Champions League history with 74 goals.
Given all this, not to mention his many other records and honors, its pretty hard to deny that Leo is the best player of el juego bonito that weve ever seen.
Messi, who is currently under contract with FC Barcelona (Bara to fans) through 2018, is one of the highest-paid players in La Liga (his salary is estimated at $26.5 million). It’s safe to say that we can expect a lot more out of him before his career is over.
Cant get enough Messi? Watch all 253 of his La Liga goals in this montage:
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