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Messi To Make 400th Appearance

If Lionel Messi plays in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey quarter-final match against Levante tonight, he will reach the 400-game mark at the Blaugrana, and join the Top 10 players with most appearances for the club.

Here are a few stats which you might not know about the Argentine superstar:

 

- Messi’s official debut with the first team was on October 16, 2004 when he came on after 82 minutes for Deco. He was just 17 years, 3 months and 22 days old.

- His first goal came against Albacete at the Camp Nou in game week 34 of the 2004/05 league season.

- His first hat trick was on March 10, 2007 in the El Classico against Real Madrid.

- Messi has never picked up a red card.

- In the 399 games played so far, Messi has scored 331 goals.

- He is Barça’s all-time leading goalscorer in official games and with 358 is closing in on Paulino Álcantara’s 369 goals in official and friendly games.

- His best scoring record in a season was in 2011/12 when he scored 73 goals in 60 games.

- Messi is second in the Champions League’s all-time goalscorer list, with 65, six behind Raúl González.

- He is the fifth leading scorer in the Spanish League with 223 and is closing in on Zarra (251), Hugo Sánchez (234), Raúl (228) and Di Stéfano (227).

UEFA honours

UEFA Champions League: 2006, 2009, 2011
UEFA Champions League leading scorer: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
UEFA Best Player in Europe: 2011
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009  

FIFA honours

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
FIFA Ballon d'Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 

Domestic honours 

Spanish Liga: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Copa del Rey: 2009, 2012
Spanish Super Cup: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 

UEFA records

Goals in a European Cup campaign: 14 (shared with AC Milan's José Altafini)
Consecutive European Cup top scorer awards: 4
Goals in a UEFA Champions League game: 5 (v Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2012)
UEFA Champions League hat-tricks: 5

Other records

Goals for club and country in a calendar year: 91
Goals in a Liga season: 50
Hat-tricks in a Liga season: 8
Away goals in the Spanish Liga: 100
Goals in Clásico matches: 18 (level with Alfredo Di Stéfano)
Consecutive Liga matches scored in: 21

Season by season

2004/05
Appearances: 9
Goals: 1

2005/06
Appearances: 25
Goals: 8

2006/07
Appearances: 36
Goals: 17

2007/08
Appearances: 40
Goals: 16

2008/09
Appearances: 51
Goals: 38

2009/10
Appearances: 53
Goals: 47

2010/11
Appearances: 55
Goals: 53

2011/12
Appearances: 60
Goals: 73

2012/13
Appearances: 50
Goals: 60

2013/14
Appearances: 20
Goals: 18 

By David Kappel

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