Battle for Lionel Messi: Why every club in the world would want him - the Barcelona stats and pictures

Season by season, what the Argentine genius has brought to Barca

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Lionel Messi's shock announcement that he wants to leave Barcelona looks like the opening salvo in negotiations around the fine details of his contract and the all-important get-out clause.

The 33-year-old Argentine has announced his wish to leave the club whose academy he joined at the age of 13, beginning a glittering career which has soured over the past 12 months under the management of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

If Messi does leave - and that is far from certain - there is not a club on the planet that wouldn't want him in their side.

Every season his stats have proved what a great player he is, as the gallery above shows.

In total, he has played 731 times for Barcelona, scoring an incredible 634 goals and contributing 285 assists.

Above is a picture gallery of his amazing record. To move through the seasons, simply swipe or click on the arrows.