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Checkout 8 world records held by Lionel Messi

Checkout 8 world records held by Lionel Messi

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi scored a brace in his sides epic 3-2 win against rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on April 23, 2017.

The 5-time Ballon d'Or winner netted a last minute winner in the scintillating El Classico fixture.

The 29-year-old scored his 23rd Clasico goal and has now scored 16 of those goals in the La Liga, taking him past Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano who netted 14 in their meetings.

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The Argentine also scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in that encounter making him the all-time top scorer for Barcelona.

NAIJ.com has compiled a list of world records held by the Argentine forward.

1. Most Ballon d'Or (including FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA Ballon d'Or): 5 (2009–12, 2015).

Checkout 8 world records held by Messi

Messi with four of his five Ballon d'Or awards.

2. Most consecutive Ballon d'Or: 4.

3. Youngest two-time and three-time Ballon d'Or winner: 23 and 24 years old.

Checkout 8 world records held by Messi

Messi winning UEFA player of the year award.

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4. Top goalscorer in the history of FIFA Club World Cup: 5 goals (shared with César Delgado, Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo).

5. Top goalscorer in all club competitions in a calendar year: 79 goals in 2012.

Checkout 8 world records held by Messi

Messi celebrating a goal at Barcelona.

6. Top goalscorer in all club competitions in a season: 73 goals in 2011–12.

7. Longest goalscoring run in a domestic league: 21 matches, 33 goals in 2012–13.

8. Only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball.

NAIJ.com also listed the world record held by his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo

Also on the local scene, watch the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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