Messi surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals scored in Europe’s top five national championships.
On the evening of May 27, Messi opened the score for the PSG match against Strasbourg 1-1. The Argentine striker scored his 496th goal in Europe’s top five leagues. He thereby monopolized the record, with one more goal than Ronaldo.
Messi’s record includes 474 goals in La Liga and 22 goals in Ligue 1. 474 goals are also a record in La Liga alone. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga, 81 goals in Serie A and 103 goals in the Premier League. The top five European leagues include the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
With the Strasbourg draw, PSG won the second Ligue 1 in a row. Messi and his teammates lead the tournament with 85 points after 37 matches, four points ahead of second-placed Lens before the final round.
PSG set a record of 11 Ligue 1 titles . They beat the second most successful team, St Etienne by one title and rival Marseille by two.
Messi equals former teammate Dani Alves ‘ record of 43 titles . Messi’s titles include: 10 La Liga, eight Spanish Super Cups, seven Kings Cups, four Champions Leagues, three FIFA Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, two Ligue 1, one French Super Cup, one U20 World Cup, an Olympic gold medal, a Copa America, an Intercontinental Super Cup and a World Cup.
Meanwhile, Alves’ table of achievements includes: one Copa Nordeste, six La Liga, five King’s Cups, five Spanish Super Cups, three Champions Leagues, two UEFA Cups, four European Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups. , one Serie A, one Italian Cup, two Ligue 1, one French Cup, one French League Cup, one French Super Cup, one Campeonato Paulista, two Copa Americas, two Confederations Cups, an Olympic gold medal and one U20 World Cup. Alves and Messi together won 23 titles.
Alves is no longer playing. The 40-year-old defender is facing allegations of sexual assault. In January this year, the police of Catalonia, Spain arrested Alves and did not give bail.
Messi is likely to leave PSG in the summer transfer window. The contract between the two parties is about to expire. The 35-year-old striker is facing the possibility of returning to Barca, going to Saudi Arabia or the US.