WHY LIONEL MESSI SHOULD WIN THE EUROPEAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD

by Emil Alcantara Alexis 

DEBATE: WHO WINS UEFA EUROPEAN BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR?

On the 30th of August, 2012, the UEFA best player for 2011/2012 will be announced. The finalists are Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona duo, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Three analysts will make a case for each player: Achere Buxton (Andres Iniesta), Emmanuel Ekow Firmer Ampiah (Cristiano Ronaldo) and Emil Alcantara Alexis (Lionel Messi).

The diminutive Argentine has been amazing in the 2011/2012.I would access him by  the records and achievements for last season.
NB: All these records were set in the just ended season

RECORDS:
• With 73 goals goals for Barcelona, Messi sets a new world record, surpassing Archie Stark.(1924-1925 bethlehem Steel,USA)
• Messi became the first player to score 50 goals in a single season in la liga breaking CR7’s record of 42 goals
• Messi is Barcelona all time scorer with 255 breaking Cesear’s record
• Messi is Barcelona all time scorer in the CL with 51 goals
• Messi is Barcelona all time scorer in European competition with 52 goals
• Messi is Barcelona all time scorer in intertional competition with 56 goals
• Messi is the first player in the history of la liga to score 8 hat-tricks in a single la liga
Season
*Messi equals Gerd Muller record of being top scorer in the CL 4 times

• Messi is the first player to be crowned top scorer in the champions league for 4 consecutive times
• Messi played more matches 60 this season than any previous season than any other player with Barcelona
• Messi registered 29 assists for Barcelona in all competition this season,a new personal record
• Messi became the first player to score and assisted in in 6 different official competition in a calendar year
• Messi became the second player after Pedro to score in 6 different competition in a single season
• Messi scored 5goals in a single CL match against Leverkusen
• Messi scored 35 goals at homeground this la liga season more than any other player in la liga history
• Messi produced 14 hat-tricks in barca carreer,breaking the club record held by cesar(13)
• With 214 games messi is barca most experience foreigner in la liga history beating record of Cocu(205)
• Messi (24) became the youngest player ever to pass the 50-goal mark in the CL


• Messi became record scorer in the CL knock-out stage with 26 goals.Previous record 18(Raul/Shevchenko)
• Messi is the only player to score 2 hat-tricks in a single CL season
• Messi became the second barcelona player to win the pichichi twice after Quini
• Messi scored his 3rd hat-trick for barca this season equaling record held by filippo Inzaghi
• Messi is the only player to score 4 or more goals twice in one game in the knockout stage of of the CL
• Messi became the all time scorer in the supercopa with 8 goals surpassing the record help by Raul – 7goals
• Messi has scored 4 goals in the club world cup more than any other player
• Messi is the 2nd player in Spanish football to to score 35+ goals in all competitions for a 4 seasons in a row
• Messi is the first player to score goals for club and country in one season
• Messi is the 2nd player to win 3 consecutive ballon d’or,after Michel Platini.
• Messi is the youngest player to reach 150 goals in la liga
• Messi is the first player to score 14 goals in a single CL season


TROPHIES WON
• Spanish Supercopa
• Club World Cup
• Copa Del Rey
Messi did marvelously in every competition except the champions league return leg against Chelsea and also the return leg la liga tie against Madrid to caused them both competition titles.
Overall Messi has performed above any other player in Europe to win the Ballon d’or.

This guest article was written for foetbal247 (@Foetbal247) by Emil Alcantara Alexis

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