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Happy Birthday, Lionel Messi! ADN celebrates 37 of his records from the playing field

Social networks exploded on Monday for the birthday of the famous Argentine player

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June 24, 2024 10:45am

Updated: June 25, 2024 9:56am

World renowned soccer player Lionel Messi celebrated his 37th birthday in the middle of the Copa América this Monday with fans from his beloved homeland, as he was warmly greeted and honored by his team and millions of fans. Social networks, clubs, friends and former teammates showered the world champion captain with affection.

FIFA and the AFA were among the first to greet the number 10 of Scaloni's team. The National Team did it at 1:00 am sharp (Argentina time, but 12 in the United States, where Leo is concentrated).

The footballer, who was celebrated as a world champion in Qatar 2022, is in New Jersey on Tuesday to play against Chile for the second date of Group A of the Copa América but waiting to meet again with Antonela Roccuzzo and her children Thiago, Ciro and Mateo to “blow out the candles” as a family and receive the most anticipated hugs, the player from Rosario became a trend through digital platforms.

Barcelona FC, where he spent most of his career, wished him a happy birthday and did so with a video of his first goal as a professional and also with a portrait of him.

The UEFA Champions League, a tournament that Messi won four times with Barça (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015), shared a series of photos and videos of the star on his special day.

Even Guinness World Records was present when greeting Messi with one of his 41 records, including the most Ballon d'Ors, the most goals in a calendar year and the most liked Instagram post, among others.

Several media outlets and news agencies have echoed the news, and some have reviewed the career of “La Pulga,” as the Argentine star is known.

On Messi's 37th birthday, ADN America shares 37 of the 41 records he has accumulated:

Player with the most official titles in history (44)

Player with the most Ballon d'Ors (8)

Player with the most Golden Boots (6)

Guinness Record for goal scorers in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012).

Most games played with the Albiceleste and with a South American team (183). (The match against Brazil (9/5/21) is not included, since suspended after 5 minutes and canceled by FIFA).

Most goals scored with Argentina and with a South American team (108)

Argentine top scorer in World Cups (13)

First Argentine to score in four different World Cups (2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022)

Youngest Argentina player to score in a World Cup: 18 years and 357 days

All-time top scorer in the South American qualifiers (31)

Player who has played in the most World Cups (5, tied with the Italian GIanluigi Buffon, the German Lothar Matthaeus, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Mexicans Antonio Carbajal, Rafa Márquez, Andrés Guardado and Guillermo Ochoa)

Player with the most World Cup appearances (26)

Player with the most minutes in World Cups (2,314)

Player most captained in a World Cup (19)

Player with the most goals+assists in the World Cup (13+8)

Only player with two World Cup Ballon d'Ors (2014 and 2022)

Most times Best Player in a World Cup match (14)

Only player to have scored in the group stage, round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-final and final of the same edition of the World Cup.

Only player who has scored as a sub-20, twenty-something and thirty-something in World Cups

Longest time interval between his first goal in a World Cup and his last (16 years, 6 months and 2 days)

Player who scored the first goal in a World Cup match on the most occasions (8)

Captain who scored the most goals in a final (2)

Player with the most games in the Copa América (35)

Player who has given the most assists in the Copa América (17)

Foreigner with the most Spanish League titles (10)

All-time top scorer with the same team (672 with Barcelona)

All-time top scorer in the League (474).

Top scorer of the Clásico in Spain (26 goals)

Most goals scored in a single La Liga season: 50 (2011-12)

Highest number of assists in a single La Liga season; 21 (2019/20).

Top assist in the League since counting (193).

Most hat-tricks in La Liga (36)

Highest number of consecutive games scored in La Liga (21, in 2012/13).

Highest number of Pichichi Trophies for top scorer (8)

All-time top scorer in the Champions League with the same club (120 with Barcelona)

Player who has scored for the most clubs in the Champions League (40)

Player who needed the fewest games to score 100 goals in the Champions League (123 games).

Happy Birthday!

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