6) Ryan Giggs’s one-club trophy haul
The Welshman ran up and down the wings for Manchester United for more than 20 years. With his remarkable fitness levels, Giggs was able to stretch his career till the 40s and amazingly spent his entire career at Old Trafford. His prolonged stay though was entirely fruitful as he ended his career with a remarkable 36 trophies in his cabinet, which is a record. Lionel Messi is currently the closest to achieving that. The little Argentine has won 33 titles with the Catalans. With Barca leading the La Liga table and the club looking eager to bring back the European title, that number is bound to rise, which could see Messi surpass the legendary Welshman.
5) Most La Liga wins
This is a record which is perhaps the easiest for the Argentine to break at the moment. The record currently is held by Iker Casillas, who notched up more than 330 wins during his time with Real Madrid. The closest player to reaching or breaking that feat is Lionel Messi himself. His tally stands just 11 below the current record holder, Casillas. With more than half of the season still to go and Barca not showing any signs of slowing down, Messi could achieve the feat by May.
4) Second most appearances for Barcelona
The midfield magician Xavi currently holds the record for making the most appearances for Barcelona. Xavi represented Barca in 767 games, winning the La Liga 8 times. The second in that list is Andres Iniesta, who departed the club after a decade of unprecedented success. Messi could surpass Iniesta this season though. Having made 657 appearances for the Catalans, he is just 18 games away from breaking Iniesta’s record.
3) Sixth Golden Shoe and Pichichi
The Barcelona captain looks a regenerated force this season. Having made a public desire of bringing the European glory back to Nou Camp at the beginning of the season, Messi has been nothing short of mesmerising. He already surpassed Ronaldo’s stats last season to win the Golden Shoe and could well be on the way to do so again while a sixth Pichichi could be on the way as well. The Sixth Pichichi would mean that Messi breaks the record currently held by Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zara, who won six Pichichi’s between 1945 and 1953.
2) Fifth Champions league and first as captain
After Iniesta’s departure this season, Messi was announced as the official club captain. The four time Ballon D’Or winner has never shied away from speaking of his desire to win the Champions league. Despite having won it numerous time, Messi looks motivated as ever to lift the title once again. If Barca do indeed win the title again, it would be the fifth of Messi’s career and his first as captain.
1)400 LaLiga goals and 50th career hattrick
With 398 goals currently to his name, the Argentine is just 2 away from the 400 mark. Barring any injury, Messi will likely reach that feat. He has been in stellar form this season as well and if that is anything to judged upon, he could soon score his 50th career hattrick as well.