Lionel Messi: How Many Career Goals Has He Scored?
As one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Lionel Messi has been at the top of his game for more than 15 years, and he shows no signs of slowing down. But just how many career goals has he scored thus far?
Career Goals Through 2020
Messi has scored a whopping 671 goals through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Of that, 60 of those goals have been on international duty, with the remaining 611 having been scored for his club team, FC Barcelona.
In 2011, Messi became the only player in La Liga history to score 50 goals or more in a season, when he scored an incredible 53 and set the record. He broke his own record a year later, capturing his fourth European Golden Shoe with a staggering 73 goals in all competitions. In 2014, he scored his 400th career goal for Barcelona, becoming the first player in club history to reach the milestone.
Most Goals in a Calendar Year
In 2012, Messi scored an astonishing 91 goals in all competitions. He shattered longstanding records held by greats like Pelé, Gerd Müller, Ronaldo, and others. His incredible feat is unlikely to be replicated anytime soon; no other professional soccer players have even come close to achieving what Messi did in 2012.
- 4-time UEFA Champions League winner (2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018)
- 10-time La Liga champion (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
- 3-time FIFA Ballon d’Or recipient (2009, 2010 and 2019)
- 2-time FIFA Club World Cup winner (2009 and 2011)
Lionel Messi’s career accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, and his excellent goal-scoring record is a proof of his remarkable performances. With 671 career goals through 2020 and counting, it’s safe to say that a majority of them have directly contributed to his team’s success, making him a timeless figure in football history.