It's Lionel Messi's 28th birthday, here are 10 of his stunning career stats...
It’s Lionel Messi’s 28th birthday and he recently picked up his 100th cap. So with these landmarks in mind, it’s about time we reminded ourselves of 10 of his other crucial numbers. As if we needed an excuse…
-- Messi has scored 458 career goals in 582 appearances, that’s a strike rate of nearly 0. 8 per game.
-- During the 1-0 win over Jamaica, he became the youngest player to have reached 100 caps in CONMEBOL history (27 years, 361 days old).
-- Messi has scored 35 career hat-tricks… but he’s slacked off a bit after not picking up a treble since March!
-- He has notched up 412 goals for Barcelona (482 appearances) and is just 52 goals shy of a tally which is double Cesar Rodriguez's previous club record.
-- Just to show he’s not all goals and glory, the little maestro has delivered 182 career assists.
-- Messi will be hoping to reach his half-century of goals during this Copa America, he has 46 for Argentina so far.
-- He has nearly as many club titles as birthdays, with 24. That includes seven La Liga crowns and four Champions League victories.
-- As if you needed confirmation of his presence among the greats of the game, Messi has picked up four Ballon d’Ors.
-- Falling just short of a century, Messi plundered 91 goals in a calendar year (world record in 2012)
-- A win against Colombia on Saturday will give him 400 career victories.