By scoring a penalty on Barcelona’s debut, the Argentine broke another mark in the main club-level tournament.
Lionel Messi seems eternal. It does not tire. Years go by and it continues to prove its validity. And this Tuesday, in Barcelona’s win against Ferencvaros for the Champions League, he became the first footballer to score goals in 16 consecutive seasons of the European tournament. Tremendous record.
The Argentine converted one in 2005/06 and another in the next. There were six in 2007/08, nine in 2008/09 and eight in 2009/10. The 12 of the 2010/11 edition arrived, the 14 of the 12/11, and the eight of the 12/13 and 13/14.
He went back to double digits (10) on 2014/15, converted six on 15/16 and 11 on 16/17. And he continued: with six in 17/18, 12 in 18/19 and three in 19/20.
And this Tuesday, 27 minutes into the first game of the 20/21 edition, Messi made a penalty for the 1-0 partial.
A new record for his personal account, since no footballer has achieved something like this so far. In the current tournament, the one who can match Leo is Karim Benzema, who accumulates 15 editions in a continuous scoring goals in the Orejona with Olympique de Lyon and Real Madrid, with whom he debuts this Wednesday against the Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Welsh Ryan Giggs, with Manchester United, he also scored in 16 editions of the Champions League, but they were not consecutive. Raul Gonzalez, Real Madrid icon, celebrated in 15 editions and Cristiano Ronaldo, the competition’s top scorer, did so in 14.
There are already 116 Messi’s goals in this tournament and he did them in 144 games he has played with Barcelona. It remains to be seen if it will be the last edition of the maximum continental tournament at club level in which Leo He is dressed as a Blaugrana, after everything that happened after 2-8 with Bayern Munich.
Here and now, the concrete thing is that Messi has only one game in the Champions League that has just started and has already reached a new mark that leaves him even more in the great history of world football.