There have been a number of in the course of the yr and he culminated it with an important: matching Pelé.
Within the first days of January 2020, journalistic speculations concerned figuring out what number of data Lionel Andrés Messi would obtain within the yr and during which month he would surpass Pelé’s document as the highest scorer with the identical membership’s jersey. In fact, nobody imagined in these days the coronavirus pandemic, the suspension of tournaments, the choice by way of burofax of Rosario to not play in Barcelona anymore and the following competitors of an atypical season. Lastly, on December 19, already across the finish of the yr, was the day that the Argentine star reached 643 targets with the shirt blaugrana and equaled the Brazilian. With yet one more, you’ll get over it.
It was Messi’s most vital document this yr. However not the one one. In a 2020 that had began candy in recognitions. On February 17 he obtained the Premio Laureus World Sports activities for the most effective athlete of the yr (shared with Lewis Hamilton) and have become the primary footballer to realize the statuette awarded since 2000 by the Laureus Academy, a sort of Oscar Awards for athletes.
Already in competitors, the primary mark that the Barcelona captain surpassed was that of being the Argentine subject participant (the goalkeepers are then excluded) in taking part in extra video games with the identical shirt. On the finish of February it reached Ricardo Enrique Bochini (714 with the Unbiased) and in March he handed it. He already has 748 and his subsequent aim can be to turn out to be the participant who performed essentially the most with the Barcelona jersey, which Xavi has with 767 appearances. You want 20 extra encounters.
Additionally on March 1, he grew to become the participant with essentially the most video games for Barcelona within the Derby with Actual Madrid, with 43, yet one more than Xavi. On October 24, he added yet one more, like Sergio Ramos, who with 45 is first on the overall podium.
When La Liga competitors resumed to finish the 2019/20 season, Barcelona, which was in first place, misplaced the title to Actual Madrid. Nonetheless, Messi added a brand new mark together with his 25 targets in 33 video games: he was LaLiga’s prime scorer for the seventh time in his profession, surpassing the six Pichichi trophies of the Athletic Bilbao legend, Telmo Zarra. It was additionally the fourth in a row, which tied a mark of the Mexican Hugo Sanchez. On the European stage, as well as, it equaled the Portuguese Eusebio and german Gerd Müller, who had been additionally seven-time prime gunners in a league match.
Along with the 25 targets, within the season he added 21 assists, one other document for LaLiga, surpassing the 20 that Xavi had within the 2008/09 season. Earlier than, the Frenchman Thierry Henry within the 2002/03 season had been the one one so as to add greater than 20 targets and 20 assists in a season within the twenty first century (32 celebrations and 28 assists for Arsenal).
Then it was time to outline the Champions League. Earlier than the position towards Bayern Munich (2-8), on August 8 he scored a aim towards Napoli and elevated to 35 the variety of groups he scored in European competitions. No one has that mark.
At the beginning of the 2020/21 season, on November 4, Lionel made Dinamo Kiev 2-1 and have become the one footballer to attain for 16 consecutive Champions League seasons. Alone Ryan Giggs he scored targets in 16 Champions League seasons, though not consecutively.
Messi not solely breaks data with the Barcelona shirt, but in addition with the nationwide group. It’s identified that he’s the highest scorer in historical past (71 targets) and the second with essentially the most appearances (142, 5 behind Javier Mascherano).
On November 18, within the 2-1 to Peru in Lima, he grew to become the participant with extra wins (85) with the blue and white, surpassing by one Little boss. As well as, in exercise, he fights inch by inch with Luis Suárez to see who’s the highest scorer within the historical past of the South American Qualifiers.
Barcelona nonetheless has two video games to play this yr: on Tuesday the twenty second they go to Valladolid and on the twenty ninth they host Eibar. With one aim, Messi will surpass Pelé in 2020. And for 2021 there can be different challenges. Till Might, for certain at Barcelona. Afterwards, it’s anybody’s guess.