Lionel Messi has a lot of Guinness World Records to his name, and, of course, he's considered one of the greatest football players of all time, so this shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone. Apart from his mesmerizing skills and intelligence in the game, he is a popular figure, not just in the football world but also outside it and his records are equally as popular. However, there are some of his Guinness World Records that may not be so popular or you may not have heard of before, so in this article we will take a look at five of them. Let's go.
1. Record of most appearances on a video game cover by a soccer player.
He holds this record in multiple franchises, which include the PES game series from Konami and the FIFA game series from EA Sports. Messi has featured in the covers of 10 video games. They include FIFA Street, FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16, PES 2009, PES 2010, PES 2011, PES 17, and the PES 18 Legendary Edition.
2. Youngest player in Champions League history to score 50 goals.
On April 3, 2012, Messi netted a brace as Barcelona won AC Milan 3-1 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Camp Nou. The game sealed a milestone for the Argentine for different reasons, as he registered the 50th UEFA Champions League goal of his career, becoming the youngest to do so.
3. Most La Liga appearances by a foreign player.
Lionel Messi's first appearance in the Spanish La Liga as a Barcelona player was in the 2004-05 season where he scored one goal from seven appearances. From that time onward, Messi has gone on to appear a record 520 times and score 474 goals.
4. Joint record of the highest number of goals scored by a substitute in a Copa America game.
On the 10th of June, 2016, Messi came off the bench in the 61st minute of a match against Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Argentine found the back of the net just after seven minutes, extending Argentina's lead to 2-0. He scored his second in the 78th minute and in the 87th minute, he completed his hat-trick.
5. The highest number of goals scored in a single Champions League game (shared).
This record was first achieved by Lionel Messi on the 7th of March at Camp Nou in 2012 when he played and scored five for Barcelona against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. This record has since been equalled by Luis Adriano as he scored the same number of goals for Shakhtar Donetsk against BATE Borisov in 2014.
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