Why does Messi only score tough goals

From 1 to 400: Lionel Messi's most memorable games for Barcelona

ANALYSIS
By Ben Hayward

The numbers are phenomenal. At the age of just 26, Lionel Messi is about to make his 400th appearance for FC Barcelona, ​​with only nine players appearing more often for the Catalans. In the 399 games so far, he has scored 331 times.

The Argentine has 99 more goals than Cesar Rodriguez, Barca's second top scorer. In addition, there are several individual records, four wins in the Ballon d'Or election and 21 trophies with his team: six championships, three Champions League wins, two cup titles, and Messi and his colleagues also sat twice in the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

In the current Barcelona team, only Xavi, who is 34 years old in the autumn of his career and won the championship title under Louis van Gaal in 1999, when Messi was not yet part of the team, has won more.

For Messi, more titles and records are likely to be added in the next few years, after all, the exceptional footballer has many years ahead of him and a change of club seems to be ruled out. Looks ahead of his 400th game for the Catalans goal back to Messi's most memorable games - from 1st to 400th


The beginning | Messi celebrated his first Barca goal against Albacete in 2005

1 - Messi makes his debut for Barcelona in October 2004. He replaced Deco in the 1-0 derby win against Espanyol and became the youngest Barca player of all time at 17 years and 114 days - this record was later broken by Bojan Krkic.

5 -Messi makes his Champions League debut for the first time, Barca lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, but were already safely qualified for the knockout round.

9 - Messi comes on late in the home game against Albacete and scores his first goal for Barca, a skilful lob from Ronaldinho. Shortly before, he had already scored a similar goal, but the team of referees wrongly recognized an offside position.

16 -Messi scores for the first time in the Champions League in a 5-0 home win against Panathinaikos Athens. Samuel Eto'o also scored a hat trick after Mark van Bommel scored the early 1-0.

18 - Messi's first Clasico against Real Madrid is a memorable one, with Barca winning 3-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with Ronaldinho receiving a standing ovation from home fans after two beautiful goals. Years later, it was Messi himself who repeatedly drove the back line of his club's biggest rival to despair.

32 - Messi goes down after a tough foul by Chelsea's Asier del Horno, the Spanish defender is sent off and blues coach Jose Mourinho reacted angrily: "Barcelona is a cultural city with many big theaters and this boy has learned a lot there, namely the acting, "said the Portuguese. Barca win 2-1 and Messi later replies: "I don't play in the theater."

34 - After tearing a muscle in his right thigh, Messi limps off the pitch with tears in his eyes and Barca draw against Chelsea. The Catalans win the league and the Champions League at the end of the season, but Messi is doomed to watch for the rest of the season.

57 - Messi scored a hat trick in his first Clasico at Camp Nou and equalized three times. In the end, it was 3: 3 against Fabio Capellos Real Madrid.

62 - Comparisons with Diego Maradona become more frequent when Messi conjures up something like a copy of his compatriot's legendary goal at the 1986 World Cup against England. The La Masia trainee abandoned several Getafe defenders and marched halfway across the field to score one of the most extraordinary goals ever seen at Camp Nou. In the 5-2 cup win, he later netted a second time and sunk the ball in a corner worth seeing - but hardly anyone remembers this hit.

69 - Messi hits twice in the 2-2 home game against Espanyol, scoring a goal with his hand - again comparisons with Maradona arise. Raul Tamudo also scored two goals in this game, ultimately taking Blaugrana to their third championship in a row. Real Madrid become champions.

100 - Messi's 100th game for Barca wasn't that special, the Catalans couldn't get past a draw in the Cup semi-finals at home against Valencia - thanks in part to a last-minute goal from Xavi. Valencia ultimately wins the competition, while Frank Rijkaard's team remains untitled this season.


Successful team | With Messi and Guardiola, Barca dominated almost everything

111 - Messi is playing under new coach Pep Guardiola for the first time, but Barca surprisingly loses 1-0 on the first day of the Primera Division against newly promoted Numancia.

157 - Guardiola surprises everyone in the championship-winning Clasico at the Bernabeu by letting Messi play in the center of his three-man attack. The Argentine hits twice in the historic 6-2 win and Barca fans get a glimpse of what's to come.

160 -Messi scores in the cup final in a 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, Barca win their first title under Guardiola. The championship follows a few days later.

161 - Messi wins the duel with Cristiano Ronaldo and nets for the first time against an English team and heads Manchester United to make it 2-0. Much more important: Barcelona wins the Champions League and a historic triple in Guardiola's first season as a coach.

162 - Next game, next title: Messi hits twice in 3-0 against Athletic, Barca win the Spanish Supercopa.

184 - Barcelona also win the sixth of six possible titles and win the Club World Cup. In the final against Estudiantes, Messi scored the decisive goal in extra time.

199 - Messi scores a hat trick in Zaragoza 4-0 win and becomes the first Barca player to score triple in two consecutive games. He let the bell ring three times in the previous week against Valencia.

200 - Messi makes his 200th appearance for Barcelona in a 2-0 home win. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bojan Krkic are the goal scorers.


The world's best | Joy over the winning goal at the Club World Cup 2009

204 -Messi scores all four goals as Barca outclassed Arsenal in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. After the game, Gunners coach Arsene Wenger found a new nickname for the Argentine: "Playstation".

205 - Messi is back on the scorers list in their 2-0 win over Real in Madrid, giving the Catalans a three-point lead over arch-rivals, which they ultimately take home and become champions.

210 - The players and the club were disappointed in the semi-finals of the Champions League when they were eliminated despite a 1-0 home win in the second leg against Mourinhos Inter.

216 - At least Messi can help Barca to a 4-0 home win over Sevilla with another hat trick, which means winning the Spanish Supercopa (after a 3-1 win in the first leg).

231 - Messi scores three more goals as Barca outclassed Almeria, coached by Juanma Lillo, 8-0. Guardiola's friend and mentor is then fired.

233 -Messi gave David Villa two wonderful assists in a 5-0 win over Mourinhos Real in November 2010. Also meet Xavi, Pedro and Jeffren.

250 -Messi scored the late winner in a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.

261 - Messi scores his first goal against a Mourinho team, while Cristiano Ronaldo scores for the first time against Barcelona (both from penalties). It is the first of four Clasicos in 17 days, and in the end it is 1-1 in Madrid.

262 - Ronaldo heads Real in the cup final to victory and the title. Messi's tears flow in the locker room.

264 - Just a few days later, Messi retaliated with two decisive dream goals in the Champions League semi-finals and shot Barca to a 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu. Reals Pepe had previously seen the red card.

269 -Messi scores another wonderful goal in the 3-1 victory in the Champions League final against Manchester United and then lets his joy run wild. Pedro and Villa also score in Guardiola's team's convincing victory.


Cheers at Wembley | Messi meets United in the 2011 Champions League final

271 - In the Spanish Supercopa in the home game against Real, Messi hits twice, Barca wins 3-2. Already at 2-2 in the first leg he netted once and prepared another goal. All of this is too much for Mourinho, who loses his temper and stabs Tito Vilanova in the eye with his finger.

272 - Another goal follows in a 2-0 win over Porto and Barca win the UEFA Super Cup.

281 -Messi scores another brace and overtakes the Hungarian Laszlo Kubala - he is now Barcelona's second top scorer. "He deserves his own statue at Camp Nou," says Adriano.

295 - A lot of wind was made about Messi's duel with Santos and Neymar, ultimately the Argentine decides the clash for himself and hits twice in the 4-0 win - Barca wins the Club World Cup again.

300 - On Guardiola's birthday on January 18, 2012, Messi will play his 300th game for Barca - in which the Catalans won 2-1 in the quarter-finals at Real Madrid.

309 -Messi scores four times in a 5-1 league win over Valencia.

311 - In Barca's 7-1 victory in the Champions League round of 16, which was humiliating for Bayer Leverkusen, Messi made five scorers' lists.

314 -A hat trick follows in the 5-3 win over Granada - Messi overtakes Cesar Rodriguez (232 hits) and becomes Barca's top scorer of all time.

327 - In Guardiola's last home game, Barca beat Espanyol 4-0 with Messi scoring all four goals.


Another record | Messi surpasses Gerd Müller's record

329 - Barca secure a Copa del Rey win with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, while Messi is among the goalscorers. For Guardiola it is the last competitive game as coach of the Catalans, Messi ends the season with 73 goals.

352 - Messi scores twice in the 2-1 win at Betis and has 86 goals for club and country in the calendar year - more than any other player before. He relegated the previous record holder Gerd Müller to second place. The Argentine ended 2012 with a total of 91 goals.

373 - Messi also scores in the league game at Celta Vigo and has now scored at least once in consecutive games against all teams in the Primera Division - another record. It's the end of March and an injury means Messi will only play seven more times by the end of the season. Barca win the championship, the only title of the season under Tito Vilanova.

400 - Despite another two months of forced break in the current season, Messi will appear for Barca for the 400th time on Wednesday in a guest appearance at Levante in the Copa del Rey.

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