All (or at least a lot) statistics for Messi’s first 500 career goals. He scored his 500th at the Camp Nou against Valencia on 17/4/2016.
So, he’s not yet there, but here are all his goal scoring stats. The assists were added for free. Not surprisingly, he has provided an assist and scored a goal in each of the 10 tournaments (let’s take Argentina friendlies for one as well) he has played.
For Barcelona Messi averages over 1 goal+assist per 90 minutes in each competition.
Season by season, year by year
His record-breaking and most impressive year obviously was 2012. The Argentine scored 91 goals in that year, more than anyone else ever could in a calendar year (there are some limiting factors to which goals count, so let’s say professionally registered). Here’s a graph for his whole career:
As football is played in seasons, here the same stats but then per season:
And to give a clear overview of his goals per tournament:
GOALS IN ONE GAME and results
Messi has scored goals in 51% of the games he has played. In a total of 318 games he found the net at least one. With a total of 500 goals that means that when he scores in a game, his name will end up on average 1,57 times on the scoresheet. His stats:
Lionel Messi has scored 38 hat-tricks: 35 for Barcelona, 3 for Argentina. They came in 5 different tournaments.
Lionel Messi has never lost a game in which he scored 2 or more goals. Also, when he scores his team gets on average 2,68 per game, when he doesn’t only 1,80. Quite an increase:
The Argentine has scored against 90 different opponents.
Those are his primary victims:
Applying the goals per 90 minutes stat:
Penalties and free kick goals
Messi has scored a total of 64 goals from the penalty spot. He scored (maybe a not really impressive) 78% of the times he placed the ball on 11 meters. The “Cruyff-penalty” and penalty shoot-outs are not included (for the record: he is four out of four in deciding penalties, always taking the first penalty).
From the 18 penalties that Messi did not convert 5 went off target (the post/bar counts here) and 13 were stopped by the goal keeper (8 on the right for Messi, 5 on the left). In 3 cases he scored from the rebound.
Lionel also converted 24 free kicks. He divided those over 23 games, meaning he scored 2 free kicks in a single game once: that was during Barcelona’s 5-4 win over Sevilla to grab the 2015 European Super Cup.
Messi never lost a game in which he scored from a free kick: 20 wins, 3 draws.
The man from Rosario scored from free kicks in 6 different tournaments:
La Liga (16),
Champions League (2),
European Super Cup (2),
CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers (2),
FIFA World Cup (1),
Copa del Rey (1).
Only once Messi scored from both a free kick and from the penalty spot in the same game: 5/5/2012: 4-0 vs Espanyol.
Twice in his career Messi scored in 10 consecutive games (2010-2011 and 2012-2013). When only considering La Liga games his record is far more impressive: between 11/11/2012 and 5/5/2013 he scored in 21 league games in a row (totaling 33 goals!), making Jamie Vardy’s run of 11 look like peanuts.
headed and right foot goals
The data on headed goals and right-footed goals comes from the great and all-knowing website messi.starplayerstats.com
The 1,70 small Argentine has scored 21 goals with his head: his most famous and valuable one came against Macnhester United in the 2009 Champions League final.
The leftie has scored 70 goals with his ‘wrong’ foot. He divided those over 63 games. On 25/11/2014, in the Champions League against APOEL he scored a hat-trick with his right foot.
Messi has never lost a game in which he scored with his head or his right foot: 76 wins and 5 draws