There aren't enough superlatives in the galaxy to do Lionel Messi the justice he deserves for his unworldly footballing exploits especially after finally winning the World Cup in January and establishing himself as the greatest of all time with the everlasting debate finally coming to an end.
Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time (though Cristiano might have something to say about that), Messi has etched his name in bold words across football history. The man's achievements definitely precede itself and he keeps on making new records every other game.
And while his stint at Paris Saint-Germain has proven that he is in fact human, Messi is still more than capable of suspending your disbelief, despite his advancing age.
He might not be making our jaws drop week after week anymore, and that's absolutely okay. But that's not to say he isn't still capable of making the magic happen when he's feeling up for it. And with his years in Paris that was always going to prove difficult now out of the way, you'd back the Argentine to bounce back and kick on to superhuman levels again next season.
Having said that, Messi could hang up the boots tomorrow and his status as a footballing freak of nature would forever be etched into the game, with such a tremendous legacy left behind and living on through the records he has set throughout the years.
Those records are absolutely astonishing. Most of them being set while dazzling spectators for Barcelona from 2004 to 2021, some were also set while doing the very same thing for the Argentina national team.
It is never a time was to look at Lionel Messi unmatched records as he is the greatest footballer ever and the records he has set for Barcelona, Argentina and in general back it up. These numbers are not normal.
For many players – even strikers – scoring one or two career hat-tricks is a luxury that one won't ever forget. Messi can't even remember half of the hat-tricks he's scored, for some perspective.
Seriously, 36 times he's put at least three goals past one team in La Liga. That's ridiculous. If he didn't have to move on, there's no doubt in our minds he could've reached 40 for Barça.
Awarded to the leading goal scorer across Europe's top divisions, Lionel Messi of course has a trophy cabinet full of European Golden Shoes, as if he's got a collection going on.
All six of them were won at Barcelona, the last three of which were all won back to back from 2016 to 2019. Freakish firing rates.
Leaving Barcelona was always going to be emotional, but leaving under the circumstances he did made matters a lot worse. Messi's spell in Catalonia was perhaps the best spell from a player at a club ever.
You can't disagree really, either. As Scott Steiner would say, the numbers don't lie. If the trophy cabinet isn't enough, look at the goals. 672 of them. Nobody is coming close to that for one club ever again.
Nine goals away from scoring 100 goals within a 365 day period. That is truly unfathomable numbers.
Producing the mesmerising feat in 2012, nobody has come close to Messi's 91 goal year since. Still sitting in second place is Gerd Muller, who scored 85 goals in 1972. If that doesn't tell you just how freakish a scoring run that was from Messi, nothing will.
In an era where Messi and Ronaldo were doing their unworldly best to one up each other in La Liga, the levels went through the roof.
Ronaldo ran him close when he scored 48 goals in 2014/15, but even that firing rate wasn't enough to eclipse Messi's 50 league goals in 2011/12. If he can't do it, nobody can.
Playing in a team with some of the greatest midfielders ever in Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Messi of course outshone Barcelona's chief creators while also outscoring everyone in his path.
Xavi retired with 129 La Liga assists, which is still a considerable way off Messi's 192, giving you all the context you need to realise how nauseatingly high that number is.
To put this one into context, Alan Shearer leads the way for Premier League goals scored with 260. Messi has almost double that over in La Liga.
And no, quality of league is not at play here. 474 goals is frankly a ridiculous firing rate no matter where you score them.
With a total of seven Ballon d'Or titles, Lionel Messi holds the distinction of most Ballon d'Or wins by any footballer, followed closely again by his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo who has five. But what stands out again here is the fact that he was the youngest to win four consecutively from 2009 till 2012.
He was only 25 years, six months and 15 days old when he lifted his fourth Ballon d'Or title. Knowing how competitive the game is becoming every passing year with more and more players laying a claim for possible candidature, it is unlikely that Messi's record will ever be touched.