Lionel Messi may just be the finest footballer the world has ever seen.
Every so often a player produces moments where fans proudly exclaim ‘I was there!’, and for Barcelona supporters those shouts have been an almost weekly occurrence for more than a decade, such has been the brilliance Messi has provided.
The leading scorer in the history of Barcelona and Spanish football, Messi has scored an astonishing 474 league goals in Spain’s top tier, a huge 163 more than the next man on the list and a figure still rising at an extraordinary rate.
The 2020/21 season saw Messi finish as the division’s top-scoring player for a fifth consecutive campaign and eighth time overall, netting 30+ league goals in a season for the ninth time.
Messi’s numbers and achievements are remarkable and there are few superlatives that are yet to be bestowed upon the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, but even raw numbers fail to tell the true story of his genius.
Sometimes, watching him in action is all that is needed.
Here are Lionel Messi’ best La Liga goals.