Lionel Messi Owns This Insane Premier League Record Without Ever Playing in That League

Published 12/27/2021, 2:15 PM EST
Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni


Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time and every other day, another record seems to confirm his legacy. He has broken record after record wherever he has gone and he recently won his seventh Ballon d’Or, adding another milestone to his name.

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Almost all of his accomplishments have come when he was in Spain, playing with FC Barcelona. Messi recently moved to French club Paris Saint Germain this season after his contract with Barca expired, and he hasn’t stopped his wondrous form in France either.

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Messi features in most of the lists of goal-scoring stats around the world

While his goal-scoring exploits have been well documented, some of the records that he has put up are simply mind-blowing. Be it 2012 when he scored 91 goals in one calendar season, or the record that recently made the headlines again after Messi scored against Manchester City.

Out of all the players in the world who have scored the most goals against the Premier League big 6 (Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur), Messi is on the list despite never playing in the Premier League.

Other Premier League greats like Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane are behind Messi’s 27 goals. Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero, Messi’s international teammate, tops the list with a mind-boggling 54 goals. Jamie Vardy, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo are above Messi in the list, but it’s still a huge accomplishment for the 34-year-old PSG forward.

 

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Lionel Messi and his form for Paris Saint Germain

Messi has proved his worth for PSG because of his performances in the UEFA Champions League. He has scored five goals already in the UCL and has helped PSG reach the knockout stages of the competition.

PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi arrives on the pitch after holding a press conference announcing his signing with French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on August 11, 2021. Messi, the six time Ballon d’Or trophy winner with FC Barcelona, signed a 2-year contract with an option for a third year with the French club. (Photo by Gisele Tellier/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Things have been harder for him domestically, where he has only scored one goal in 11 appearances for the club. However, he does have four assists to show for his troubles. It’ll be interesting to see if Messi can bring the UCL to Parc des Princes this season, because if he doesn’t, he might not ever get a chance to do so.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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