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Happy Birthday Lionel Messi: Argentine talisman Lionel Messi celebrates his 35th birthday on 24 June. The iconic footballer moved from Barcelona to French club Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021. To many, Messi is the greatest footballer in the history of the sport. He is famous for his smooth dribbling, vision, passing ability and goal scoring skills.

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The little magician has broken innumerable records and is one of the most decorated players in the world. A graduate of Barcelona’s renowned youth academy La Masia, Messi made his senior debut at the age of 17.

Argentine legend Diego Maradona named Messi as his successor. He led Argentina to the final of the FIFA 2014 World Cup and ended their long wait for the national trophy by winning the Copa America 2021.

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On Messi’s 35th birthday, let’s take a look at some of his incredible stats:

Record Ballon d’Or winner

Lionel Messi after winning the 2021 Ballon d’Or trophy (AP)
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Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or trophy, which is awarded to the best player a record seven times in a calendar year. He won his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 after a triple-winning season with Barcelona. It was the first of four consecutive Ballon d’Or trophies won in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The second treble of his career with the famous MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) trio helped him win his 5th title in 2015. They had to wait till 2019 to lift their 6th Ballon d’Or trophy and finally win their seventh title. 2021 after pulling off a poor Barcelona side alone to secure a double in that season.

Top scorer for club and country

PSG's Lionel Messi, left, and Troyes Xavier Chawlerin fight for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Troyes on Sunday, May 8, 2022.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ana)
PSG’s Lionel Messi, left, and Troyes Xavier Chawlerin fight for the ball during the French League One football match between Paris Saint Germain and Troyes at the Parc des Princes stadium on May 8, 2022 in Paris. (AP Photo)

Messi has scored 630 goals in 724 matches for Barcelona in all competitions, averaging 0.87 goals per game. He is the all-time top scorer for the Spanish giants. He has scored the most goals in Spain’s top-flight league, La Liga, with 443 goals.

With 86 international goals to his name, Messi leads the all-time goalscorer rankings for the Argentina national team. Six of these goals came in the FIFA World Cup and nine in the Copa America.

Highest target in a calendar year

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, tries to overtake Italy’s Jorginho, center and Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. (ap file)

He scored an astonishing 91 goals in just 69 matches in the year 2012. It has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most goals scored by an individual player in a calendar year. Of the 91 strikes, 79 were in Barcelona color and the remaining 12 were with the national team.

Won all coveted awards in a single season

Lionel Messi and teammates of Argentina celebrate winning the Copa America 2021 final on July 10, 2021 in Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Image: Reuters / Amanda Perobelli)
Lionel Messi and teammates of Argentina celebrate winning the Copa America 2021 final against Brazil at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 10, 2021. (Image: Reuters)

Messi is the only player to have won four significant awards in a single season, including the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA World Player, the Pichichi Trophy and the Golden Boot award. He achieved this milestone during his sensational 2009–10 season where he won the treble with Barcelona.

Maximum number of assists by a player

Lionel Messi of Argentina, left, challenges for the ball with Giacomo Raspadori of Italy. (AP)

The reason pundits call Messi a complete player is because his game is not just about scoring goals. He is one of the top playwrights in the world, and his keen tiki-taka style of football has helped him score 368 assists in his career, the most by any player in history.

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