Lionel Messi is 'Here to Create': His five best achievements

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The Barcelona legend has had some brilliant achievements in his decorated career, but which are the best?

Lionel Messi will go down as one the greatest players of all time - arguably the best- and he has created many unbelievable moments over the years.

From consistent team glory to stunning individual achievements - Messi has done it all over a long period of time.

Which of Messi's achievements have truly been the most eye-catching?

There is no doubt that Lionel Messi is 'Here to Create'.


2014 World Cup Golden Ball winner


Having been criticised for his national team performances at the highest level, Messi responded by setting the 2014 Brazil World Cup alight.

He scored four goals - all in the group stage - as Argentina bulldozed their way through to the final against Germany.

Unfortunately Argentina were beaten in extra time by a Mario Gotze goal, but Messi received the highest individual accolade - being named the tournament's best player.

Lionel Messi Argentina


Smashes La Liga all-time goal-scoring record


Aged only 27, Messi passed Telmo Zarra's all-time Spanish league goal-scoring record of 251 in absolute style during the 2014-15 campaign.

He did it with a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory against Sevilla, and with plenty of years left in his career, it's a record that will take a fair effort to catch.

To put in perspective, currently Messi has 360 La Liga goals - which is 74 more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi Barcelona


Taunts the Bernabeu after scoring last-minute winner


The usually humble Messi let out all of his frustration after scoring a last-minute winner during the second El Clasico at the Bernabeu during the 2016-17 season.

Messi celebrated by showing his shirt to the pro-Madrid crowd as Barcelona secured a 3-2 victory during the April encounter.

It was a show of defiance by the Argentine before Cristiano Ronaldo eventually led Real Madrid to the La Liga title.

Messi still scored 54 goals in 52 games despite Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or and FIFA The Best award.

Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Madrid


Hat-trick secures World Cup qualification for Argentina


Argentina haven't missed a World Cup since the 1970 tournament in Mexico, and it looked like a real possibility they wouldn't be making an appearance in Russia.

Heading into their last World Cup qualifier in Ecuador, Argentina were outside the four automatic qualification places - and then they went behind 1-0 in the opening minute.

With a national disaster impending, enter Messi.

The Argentine magician scored three times - including twice by the 19th minute mark to secure his nation a spot at the World Cup.


Five Ballon d'Or awards - including four consecutive


Winning one Ballon d'Or award is an extraordinary achievement, but clinching five of them is unprecedented - including four-in-a-row between 2009 and 2012.

Messi took the football world by storm during this period - scoring a stunning 271 goals in only 270 appearances in all competitions.

His Barcelona team won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Messi's best season was the 2011-12 campaign in which he scored 73 goals, including 50 in La Liga.

Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or

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