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Lionel Messi Falls Agonizingly Short Of Key Ryan Giggs Record & More On Leaving Barcelona

Despite being one of the greatest of all time, Lionel Messi is unlikely to claim few records held by legends such as Ryan Giggs due to leaving Barca and La Liga

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi has witnessed a roller coaster of emotions over the past week as his time at Barcelona prematurely came to an end after 21 years on Thursday last week. However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has already found a new challenge as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were quick to sign a two-year contract with the Argentine legend. Despite being one of the greatest footballers of all time, Messi is unlikely to clinch few records held by legends such as Ryan Giggs due to his sudden Barcelona exit.

Lionel Messi ends Barca stint as most successful player

Lionel Messi, who began his career at Barcelona in 2000, ended his stint at the Camp Nou as the most successful player for the Catalan giants. Messi won a total of 35 titles during his stay and is also the club's highest goalscorer with 670 goals to his name. Moreover, he is also the club's most-capped player of all time with 778 matches. Despite clinching several records at Barcelona that may never be broken, Messi still failed to break a few records.

Lionel Messi falls short of Ryan Giggs' Man United record

Despite winning a staggering 35 trophies with Barcelona, he still falls short of winning the most number of trophies for a single club. Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs won 36 trophies at Old Trafford during his legendary 24-year senior stint for the club. Meanwhile, the trio of Barcelona legends Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique have won 33, 30 and 30 trophies respectively for one single club.

Lionel Messi falls short of winning most La Liga titles

The other major record that Lionel Messi failed to achieve, because of leaving Barcelona prematurely, is winning the most number of La Liga titles. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is tied with Real Madrid legend Pirri in second place for the most number of La Liga titles (10). Meanwhile, the record for the most number of La Liga titles is held by Real Madrid legend Paco Gento, who won 12 titles from 1953-1971. The trio are followed by Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jose Antonio Camacho (Real Madrid), Santillana (Real Madrid), and Amancio (Real Madrid), who won nine La Liga titles each.

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