Experience: 15 years (2004-present)
Years with FC Barcelona: 15 seasons (2004-present)
Key stats: Has won the Ballon D’Or, named for the world’s best player, five times. Holds the record for most goals scored in La Liga 412 in 444 appearances (through March 17, 2019). Scored 73 goals in the 2011-12 season, a European record.
Liga titles: Nine (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18)
Champions League/European Cups: Four (2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15)
All-time FC Barcelona team role: Forward
Messi is the best Barcelona player of all, with serious claims to be the best soccer player to have ever played the game.
Since breaking through as a small, slight teenager, he has scored goals at a record-breaking rate, while simultaneously supplying a bewildering amount of assists.
Without him, Barca would not have been nearly so great.