Messi joins 1000’ers club!

Messi joins 1000’ers club!

PSG and the Argentina national team forward Lionel Messi held his thousandth match in his rich football career! He celebrated the anniversary at a decent level, distinguishing himself in the 2022 World Cup round of 16 against Australia, which La Albiceleste won with a score of 2-1.

Messi made his debut in senior football back in 2004 - then it did not seem that in the future this talented boy would achieve such global success. Nevertheless, Lionel became the unconditional leader of Barcelona for many years and brought this team more than two dozen of the most prestigious trophies. And the seven Ballon d’Or awards of the Argentine is an all-time record - even the equally significant football figure Cristiano Ronaldo has only five of them.

Messi is also one of the best scorers in history, which only the same CR7 can compete with. In La Liga alone from 2009 to 2021, the Argentine was distinguished by at least 20 productive shots! But he also assisted his partners a lot - more and more every year. The 2011/12 campaign was a real peak in Lionel's career, when he scored 70 times in all competitions! In 2021, the football player suddenly left Barcelona and went to play at PSG, where after a year of adaptation he again demonstrates his high level.

In the Argentina national team, Messi quickly took three trophies - the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, as well as the U-20 World Cup in 2005. Everyone expected achievements from Lionel at a senior level, but they had to wait. At the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, La Albiceleste were knocked out by Germany in the quarterfinals, in 2018 they were knocked out by France in the round of 16. The cult player was closest to the world title in 2014 – back then his team lost to the Germans again, but this time in the final. The summer before last, Leo managed to bring Argentina its first victory in the Copa America in 28 years, which was little consolation for him.

Haters may continue to criticize Messi, believing that he is not yet on the same level as Diego Maradona. However, a thousand matches at all levels and 789 goals scored by Lionel testify to the opposite. It is incomprehensible to the mind how, over the course of 18 years, a player entered the pitch 50 or more times a year and consistently performed at the highest level. Messi was still lucky to avoid serious injuries, so only a few will be able to conquer his achievement in the future, provided that medicine allows you to play football until the age of 40-45.

The World Cup in Qatar is one of Lionel Messi's last chances to become a truly perfect football player. The forward is well aware of the burden of responsibility entrusted to him and has already pleased the audience with three accurate shots. We are sure that Lionel has at least two or three more years of active career ahead of him, during which more than one record will be submitted to him.