Lionel Messi continued making history on Monday night by winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or award for his exploits with Barcelona and Argentina in 2019.
Just a year ago, Messi dropped down to fifth in the voting as Luka Modric claimed the gong, but the Barca superstar has been back to his best in 2019.
We’ve rounded up 11 stats which show just why Messi deserved to win the award.
– In 54 games for club and country, Messi scored 46 goals in all competitions.
– Messi also provided 17 assists in those games, meaning he averaged a goal or assist every 0.86 appearances.
– Across 2019, Messi recorded a win percentage of 68.5% in the games he was involved in.
– That win rate saw him become the player with the most La Liga victories (346, overtaking Iker Casillas) and the most victories in Barcelona’s history (496, overtaking Xavi).
Name one footballer better than Lionel Messi…🐐
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— Goal (@goal) December 3, 2019
– Barcelona may have lost out to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, but Messi still finished as the competition’s top goalscorer with 12 goals in 10 matches.
– Messi also scored the 50th free-kick of his career in 2019, as well as passing the 600-goal mark.
– He has scored three hat-tricks in 2019, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 34 La Liga hat-tricks in the process.
– By winning his 10th La Liga title with Barcelona, Messi claimed the 34th trophy of his career, meaning he has won more silverware than any player in Barcelona’s history.
– The Argentine ended the 2018-19 La Liga season by winning his sixth Pichichi Trophy as top scorer in the competition, equalling Telmo Zarra’s record which has stood since 1953.
– Messi also extended his record for the most European Golden Shoe victories after finishing as the top league scorer in Europe with 36 goals (scored in just 34 games). In doing so he also became the first player to win the award for three consecutive seasons.
– And now Messi now holds the record for the most Ballon d’Or wins, becoming the first player to claim the award six times – one ahead of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.