- Lionel Messi has an unbeatable goal-scoring record with both Barcelona and La Liga
- The 33-year-old has shocked the world that he wants to leave the club after many years
- Messi has won several team and individual awards, making him the greatest of all time
Lionel Messi will remain Barcelona and La Liga's greatest player for many years before his goal-scoring record can be broken.
The 33-year-old caught his boyhood club unawares after handing a transfer request to end his almost 20-year spell with the club.
The Argentine superstar wants a new challenge elsewhere after having disputes with top club of officials due to their trophy-less 2019/20 campaign.
Messi has scored 634 goals in 731 appearances for La Blaugrana, making him the highest goal-scorer in the history of the club and the Spanish topflight division.
His first three seasons breaking into the Barca team saw him record eight goals in the 2005/06 season, 17 in the 2006/07 term and 18 in the 2007/08 campaign.
The charismatic enigma then started to increase his tally season by season scoring 38 goals in the 2008/09 season in Barca's Champions League-winning campaign.
His 47 goals during the 2009/10 term made him scoop his first Ballon d'Or ahead of his closest rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
It has not come as a surprise that Messi was to reunite with his former boss Pep Guardiola because it produced his best performances under the Spanish boss during his four-spell at the Camp Nou.
Messi scored a remarkable 73 goals in the 2010/11 season, his highest ever for the club with trophies and more individual accolades coming along with it.
The 2019/20 campaign saw Messi record 31 goals his lowest in the last 11 years with the Catalan giants and the season ended without a silverware.
Messi has averaged out almost one goal in every single match for the Camp Nou based side (0.9 to be precise) and has won him six European Golden shoe awards and seven La Liga top-scorer prizes.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's £632 million release clause has been confirmed by La Liga, which would come as a huge blow to front-runners Man City.
There were reports earlier that the clause had expired which would have boosted the chances of former Premier League champions City. The Argentine international submitted a transfer that he wanted to leave the as a free agent, sending shockwaves through the world of football.
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