• Lionel Messi still holds the most goals scored in a single year
  • Messi is still the only player to score in 21 consecutive appearances
  • Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score in 11 straight games but pundits believe he might never equal nor exceed Messi's 21

Lionel Messi has a goal record even his toughest rival Cristiano Ronaldo might never exceed.

At 32, Messi has already accomplished an array of unbelievable achievements in soccer. He could be the greatest player to ever grace the pitch but he is still battling for the said honor with his long-time nemesis Ronaldo. For almost a decade now, Messi and Ronaldo have been breaking each other’s records, even winning the most Ballon d’Or awards in the said timeframe. The pair also have been in close battle in terms of stats, however, the Argentine has one goal record that saw him way ahead of the Portuguese.

During the 2012-13 season, Messi incredibly managed to score in 21 LaLiga appearances in a row. The Barcelona superstar hit the back of the net against all 19 other teams and recorded a total of 33 goals in the process.

Pundits predict that aside from Messi’s 91 goals in a single year, the said record is also unlikely to be broken for a lifetime. In fact the only player who came closest to Messi's record was German striker Gerd Muller. The legend managed to score in 16 consecutive games for Bayern Munich during the 1969-70 season, 5 games behind Messi’s total, Give Me Sport reported.

English goal scorer and Leicester star Jamie Vardy set the record during the 2015-16 season in English football. Vardy stands at 11 games in a row, the most in Premier League but 10 behind Messi in LaLiga.

Many would think Ronaldo is the probably the only player who can equal or even exceed Messi’s ubelievable record.But to everybody’s surprise, Ronaldo’s longest streak is currently at 11, just over half of Messi’s.

This season, “CR7” has scored in 11 consecutive games to equal a goal record shared by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella in Italian football. The Juventus striker set the record in the 39th minute of the match away to SPAL. It was also his 1,000th senior appearance for club and country.

Looking back to Messi’s astonishing season, he ended the 2012-13 campaign with a staggering 46 LaLiga goals as well as 12 assists in just 32 appearances.

Though the 2012-13 season was already on the record books, it turned out that it was not even Messi’s best goal scoring season. At the end of the 2011-12 season, the Argentine icon recorded 50 goals and dished out 16 assists in 37 games for the Catalan Club.

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Granada on Sunday in Quique Setien's first game in charge.
Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Granada on Sunday in Quique Setien's first game in charge. AFP / LLUIS GENE