MX23RW : Sunday, August 19 19:05:46

Top 10 Barcelona players of all time - #1

Sports Mole's countdown of Barcelona's top 10 players of all time concludes with number one - Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017© Offside

Appearances: 637
Goals: 552
Trophies: 9x La Liga, 6x Copa del Rey, 7x Supercopa de Espana, 4x Champions League, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 3x FIFA Club World Cup

As good as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and others have been for Barcelona, there has never been any doubt that the star of the show is Lionel Messi - a man regarded by many to be the greatest player the world has ever seen.

The list of records and statistics Messi has obliterated is far too long to list here - indeed by now the number of goalscoring milestones he does not hold must be shorter than the number he does.

Even a quick rundown of Messi's most impressive highlights is extensive, be it his ludicrous 91 goals in 2012, 73 goals in 2011-12, a run of scoring in 21 successive matches, winning the Ballon d'Or five times or the European Golden Shoe five times.

Messi has always been more interested in team awards than individual accolades, though, and he matches Iniesta as the most decorated player in Barcelona's history - a record he will surely break in the coming years.

Indeed, the fact that Messi is still just 30 is a frightening prospect considering he is already 300 goals clear of the next highest scorer in the club's history and just 130 appearances short of Xavi's record.

The Argentine has changed football entirely since his debut in 2004, scoring at least 40 goals in each of his last nine seasons, and there is surely no better example of loyalty, consistency and quality at the very highest level in football history, yet alone simply Barcelona's history.

Share this article now:
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on January 28, 2018
Read Next:
Messi wins fifth European Golden Shoe
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona11003033
2Levante11003033
3Sevilla11003033
4Huesca11002113
5Real Sociedad11002113
6Celta Vigo10101101
7Espanyol10101101
8GironaGirona10100001
9Real Valladolid10100001
10Athletic Bilbao00000000
11Atletico MadridAtletico00000000
12Getafe00000000
13Leganes00000000
14Real Madrid00000000
15Valencia00000000
16EibarEibar100112-10
17Villarreal100112-10
18AlavesAlaves100103-30
19Rayo Vallecano100103-30
20Real Betis100103-30

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account