15 brilliant La Liga records that Lionel Messi holds after Barcelona departure

Lionel Messi has finally brought down the curtain on his 21-year Barcelona career – but his legacy in Spain is eternal. 

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Since making his La Liga debut in October 2004, Messi has won 10 league titles while breaking hundreds of records in the process.

We’ve taken a look at 15 of the best La Liga records that he currently holds.

– Messi is La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer, netting 474 goals in 520 appearances. Karim Benzema is now the leading active goalscorer in La Liga with 192 goals.

– The 34-year-old holds the record for most goals in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals in 37 league games in 2011-12.

– Messi has the most home goals (277) and away goals (197) in La Liga history.

– The Barcelona legend holds the record for most home goals (35 in 2011-12) and away goals (24 in 2012-13) scored in a single season.

– He won the Pichichi trophy as La Liga’s top scorer eight times, more than any other player in the history of the competition.

– Messi scored against 38 different opponents in the Spanish top-flight, surpassing the record of 35 held by Raul Gonzalez and Aritz Aduriz.

– He is the only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga, a feat he achieved in 2012-13.

– The Argentina international overtook Cristiano Ronaldo to become the player with the most free-kick goals (39) in La Liga.

– Messi holds the record for most braces (116), hat-tricks (36) and four-goal hauls (5) scored in La Liga.

– Messi is also renowned for creating chances for his team-mates and has 192 La Liga assists, more than any other player.

– He holds the record for most assists in a single La Liga season, registering 21 in 2019-20.

– The forward is the only player to score 20+ La Liga goals and make 20+ La Liga assists in a single season, a feat he achieved in 2019-20.

– Messi holds the record for most La Liga Player of the Month awards with eight.

– No non-Spanish players have made more La Liga appearances than Messi (520).

– He won 383 La Liga games during his time with Barcelona, no player has ever won more games in the competition.

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