Lionel Messi broke Barcelona's 60-year-old goal-scoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada at the Nou Camp in La Liga on Tuesday.
From the BBC Sports page:
We have to congratulate Messi, he has scored so many goals and is only 24, he does not just score ordinary goals but great goals and we hope he gets lots more for us, we can compare him perhaps the Michael Jordan [American basketball legend] of football," said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.Here is the 24 year old's goal production over the last five years at Barca:
"There are no players capable of dominating a sport with such superiority. In every sport there has existed only one player that can be considered as somebody unique. And this is the case. Yes, Messi can be compared to Michael Jordan."
- 2007-08: 16 goals
- 2008-09: 38
- 2009-10: 47
- 2010-11: 53
- 2011-12: 54 to date