15 Ways to Avoid Regret at the End of Your Life

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Most people live their lives in regret. If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing regret, it is not a nice thing to experience. You must do the things you need to do to avoid regrets in your life.

At the point when individuals think back on their lives, what are the most widely recognized regrets they have? That is a significant inquiry we have to stop and ask all the more regularly. A few people think back and say the greatest regret they had was to not have kids. Others think back and say their greatest regret was in regards to lost time.

Whatever the case, it’s critical to take a look at how you are carrying on with your life and consider how you can avoid regrets.

Here are 15 ways to avoid regrets later on in your life:

1. Don’t follow someone else’s dreams

So many of us are living other people’s dreams such as our parents, guardians and other authoritative figures in our lives. We all have dreams and should endeavor to follow those dreams to the latter irrespective of what others may think. You can’t please everyone and should look to only please yourself and do what is right for you.

2. Stop taking your loved ones for granted

Your children won’t be children forever and will grow up to become adults and not have time for you as much. They may never even call and your parents will not be parents forever, they will leave you someday. So make sure you endeavor to spend every waking moment with them and appreciate them while you still have the opportunity to do so.

3. Stop pretending to be someone else

Imitation is suicide. When we pretend to be someone we are not, we are spending so much time not being who we are and in that situation, we are spending a whole lot of time not living. You are the person you know very well and if you spend your time living someone else’s life you will only end up being a copycat instead of being the very best you could be as well as being number one at it.

The most inspiring people in the world are true to themselves and when you are true to yourself, you will be at ease. This tends to attract like-minded people into your life which help you live a more fulfilling life.

4. Don’t burn all your bridges

Life is a journey of ups and downs, and you will have to be kind to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down. Don’t burn the bridges of your past as you may need them later in life.

5. Always tell the truth

Lies destroy families and relationships. When you tell a lie you will have to back that lie with another and another until you have a whole tangled web of lies that cannot be remedied even if you want to. True relationships have their foundation in the truth and lasts forever. Always endeavour to tell the truth in every situation as telling a lie can lead to future regrets.

6. Live in the moment

Have you ever noticed that when you were a kid time seemed to be really slow and now that you are an adult, time moves really fast? That is because as kids, we always lived in the moment and as adults, we are always thinking of our next scheme, idea or business that time just seems to fly past us. Take your time to experience the now as you may regret it later in the future when you look into the mirror and ask where all the time went.

“All I have is all I need and all I need is all I have in this moment.” – Byron Katie

7. Don’t give up on true love

This is one of the biggest areas of regret for most people as they reject love because of fear, work or other excuses they give themselves. When you happen to find true and real love, cherish and nurture it well so that you don’t end up regretting it in the future.

8. Make others happy

The mark of a true existence is in the ability to make other people’s lives better and easier. Strive to make people happy and you will be happy yourself. A mid-life crisis is mainly made up of regrets and one way to alleviate this regret is to find a way to make people’s lives better. Do something good for someone such as engaging in volunteer work. In the end, it is not about your possessions but how many lives you touched.

9. Stand up for yourself

Many adults have always regretted not standing up for themselves when they had the opportunity to do so. Do not let people take you or any other person for that matter for granted. When I resumed secondary school there was this kid who tried to bully me. I warned him on many occasions to leave me alone and when he refused I had to punch him in the face.

He punched me back but never disturbed me again. Not that I am advocating violence but when someone tries to take advantage of you, fight back. Then they will know that you cannot be toiled with.

10. Take care of your health

It cannot be emphasized enough that health is wealth. You can have all the money in the world but without your health, it is nothing. Make sure you have a regular check-up and exercise and eat right.

11. Experience more

This is one of the greatest regrets of the dying because they wished they had experienced more out of life. Travel, go out with friends, see places and experience life because that’s what we are supposed to do while being alive, live.

12. Listen more

Surely, we all have lots to say but it is better when we listen. Listen to your spouse, listen to your kids and listen to your friends instead of talking all the time. Listen to the advice of your doctors and parents, family members and well wishers.

13. Don’t fear failure

Dare. Don’t be afraid to fail and take risks. On their death beds, most people always regret not taking chances on life and doing what they wanted to do and follow their dreams.

Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” Bruce Lee

14. Don’t wait

There is no time again, if you have a dream, chase it. If there’s someone you like, let them know because you will always come second to someone who has taken the initiative to do something with their lives.

15. Talk to an elderly person

Old people regret lots of things and talking to them, they will tell you what to do and what not to do. Unfortunately, most of us see our old people as outdated and think that old people have nothing to teach us. If you hope on avoiding regrets in the future, make sure you listen to the advice of those better than you.

What are you doing on a daily basis to make sure you reach the end of your life fulfilled? Let us know by commenting below!

Maku Seun is an author, an entrepreneur and a blogger. Go to www.makuseun.com to check out his website.

Influencer 101: How to Master Social Media Platforms

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What is an influencer? How can you become one if you are just starting out? Well, if you are asking yourself any of those questions you are in the right place because this post will go right down your alley. An influencer is either a person or a brand, who has built a community based on their passion or expertise, and can possibly affect their community’s purchasing decisions based on what they like, what they are using or promoting.

Before the social media platforms blew up, celebrities were pretty much the only influencers out there. But nowadays anyone with camera and an Internet connection can become popular online and make his or hers way up to the top. At this point you might think – hey, I have a camera, I have a Facebook account. How come I’m not famous online? Well, there’s a little bit more to it than just that. So how can you become an influencer?

Step #1 Create outstanding content

Well, dough! Of course, creating content is important, but how do you get that huge community? First and foremost you need to love what you do. Otherwise you will simply not be able to put in all the effort, or if you do, you will not be able to be consistent with it every single day in the long run. This is one of the biggest lessons learned in life so far by yours truly. I just wish I would have known that earlier on.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you love editing video (I happen to love it, so it’s the perfect example for me), and you want to help others get into video editing as well by sharing your tips, tutorials or your secret type of visual effects that you’ve been using on your last video that went viral. Or, maybe you like video editing but you are just starting out and you don’t actually have the skills you would like to have or the portfolio to showcase your work. No problem! Start off from scratch.

Start learning everything and document all of that. Show what new technique or trick you’ve learned today, share how you got your first client, share how much money you are making by offering your video editing services. Document everything and share it on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or any other social media platforms that you might be using.

This is just an example, but you can apply the same exact principle to fitness, entrepreneurship, beauty and so on and so forth. Just pick your niche and start creating content. If possible try to pick a niche which is relatively narrow. This will help you target your audience better and it will also allow you to grow your brand easier.

Step #2 Choosing the right social media platforms

A smart question to ask yourself which of the social media platforms should I focus on? This is a pretty difficult question to answer because it will depend on what type of content you are putting out and what are you hoping to achieve through it as an influencer. Obviously, I would always recommend YouTube, not necessarily because I am into video editing, but because YouTube actually works as a giant search engine and your videos can pop up to new viewers all the time.

On top of that, studies have shown that almost 74% of all Internet traffic these days is video traffic, and users in general are consuming more and more video type of content. I guess it’s just easier or more fun to watch a video rather than reading a post. So, definitely consider leveraging YouTube no matter what niche you are in. Get a camera or use a smartphone if you don’t have a camera, don’t worry too much about video quality, lighting or post-production so much in the beginning. Just focus on getting your content out there.

Once you get started, learn your audience as well as the platform you are focusing on.

Instagram and Facebook are also awesome platforms you can leverage by creating specific type of content. Instagram works great if you are sharing a lot of photos or if your content is mainly based on pictures, but you can also upload short clips of up to 60 seconds. Facebook works great for text based content, but it can be very effective if you are posting photos as well. Just try to figure out where your target audience hangs out more and focus on being there.

Don’t expect something big to happen overnight. Your audience will probably grow at a really slow pace in the first months, even if you are putting out a ton of content. Just be consistent with it and when you have a decent following, an active community which likes and shares your content, you are ready to move onto the next step.

Step #3 Develop a marketing strategy

Alright, so in step 1 and 2 all you did was to identify something your love, study what you love, become an expert at it, create content about it, post on social media and hopefully you got a few thousands subscribers or followers. Next, we are going to look at what you can do to grow that audience into something much bigger, that can build your brand and make you a social media influencer. You need to know one thing though– you can’t do it all by yourself. No matter how much content you are putting out, no matter how good your content is, you are going to need other people’s help.

  • Outreach

One of the most popular ways of getting your name out there is to reach out to other people or accounts in your niche and ask them to do a collab or maybe ask them to feature one of your posts. Don’t go for the big brands or influencers right from the start. Find the ones that have audience similar to yours and start doing videos together, or interviews or share each other’s content. The cool way about this method is that you can apply it right away without needing a budget for it. All you need is a decent following so that the other guy or gal you are partnering up with can see a benefit in working with you.

  • Sponsored content

Another thing you can try out is to reach out to accounts or brands which are significantly bigger than you and ask them to feature some of your content. Most likely they will charge a sponsored content fee for doing that, so you will need to have a budget set for this. If you don’t have a budget for this though, what you can do is offer some free content in return. You can help them out by developing content that you already know how to create and if you are really good at creating that content they will probably not going to say no to you. There are tons of brands, generic accounts or influencers that you can reach out too. Just do your research and make sure their audience is right for you. Otherwise you will just be wasting your time.

  • Paid advertising

If you do have a budget, you can really take it to the next level and pay pretty much any larger account to feature your content. They may put you up on their channel for limited period of time. That could be like a short preview of your content in which you tell viewers that they can get free access to even more awesome content if they follow you. That’s how you increase your awareness. Taking it one step further, you can use your budget to setup a Facebook Ads campaign or even a Google AdWords campaign. Facebook is still relatively cheap compared with Google or YouTube, so I would suggest starting there.

The cool thing about these campaigns is that they can be super targeted specifically to your audience and you also get access to detailed reports which will tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t. Facebook has a lot of predefined campaigns you can start with which are very self explanatory. Trial and error will probably be the best approach – see what works and keep doing that.

Step #4 Be different

Lastly but not least you want to stand out from the crowd. An influencer has to do that. You don’t want to blend in! You want to show off your personality in an unique way, be bold, but also be yourself no matter what others think about you. Believe in yourself and never stop working towards achieving your goals.

Don’t be afraid to express you opinions when they might be totally different than what everybody is saying about a certain thing. Your audience will appreciate honesty and originality. But also be prepared to handle negativity. You will probably have a handful of haters that will talk trash about you and leave negative comments. That’s like a byproduct of becoming an influencer. Develop a thick skin and keep on doing whatever you are doing.

Over to you

With that being said I challenge you to share with us below what your niche or specialty is, which social media platforms are you focusing on in 2017 and what is your marketing development strategy for this year.

 

Life 3 Things to Pay Attention to When Building Your Own Personal Brand

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Who are you? Not your name or your business or even what your ethics are, but who are you in the sense of what people see when they look at you? Does your name and your business bring happiness to the minds of people who hear it? Does it bring anger? Does it bring peace and joy? Does it bring sadness?

How people feel when they think of you is your personal brand. We all know who Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, and Robert Kiyosaki are. These people have built huge reputations for themselves. We also know who Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and Adolf Hitler are. These people have also build reputations for themselves; very different reputations than the first names I listed.

When you read these names, a different feeling comes to mind, so below are 3 ways on how to evoke positive emotions when people hear your name:

1. Envoke the senses

First lets understand what a brand is. A brand is a product or service that invokes a feeling or emotion. Building a brand is all about invoking the senses of your Customers, you don’t want people to think of your brand and only think of the logo. We want people to have a scent that reminds them of you, a sight like a logo, and a feel that reminds them of not only your brand, but of you as well.

When people think of your company, what do you want them to think of? What emotion do you want to inspire in your customer base, and what can help you inspire that emotion? When creating your personal brand, you want to invoke all five senses of your target audience. If you own a coffee shop, when people walk in you want them to smell coffee, their mouth to water when they think of fresh pastries, their ears to perk up when they hear the beans being ground up.

“I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don’t trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen.” – John Cusack

To create your brand you can’t only think about what you want associated with your business, but also what you don’t want associated with it. Think back to the coffee instead of smelling coffee and pastries, how would you feel about walking in and smelling bleach? Would you rather go to the first coffee shop or the second one?

Think of ways to create a positive experience when a customer walks in by bringing a scent to people, or an interesting sight as they walk through the door. These things will all eventually become part of your brand in the sense that when people think of them, they will think of you.

2. Attractive marketing

Marketing is an amazing way to help boost your company’s sales. But marketing can also hurt your business if it isn’t done correctly. Have you ever given someone your email or phone number and had him or her relentlessly spam you trying to get your business? When someone does that, do you want to use their service, or do you want to throw your phone at the wall every time they message you? When building a brand you also want to think of ways to make your business, and marketing plans more attractive.

This goes back to what you want people to think of when they think of your brand. Small things can go a long way in creating an attractive image for you and your company. Attractive marketing doesn’t stop at just ads, and endorsement. Thinking of ways to portray yourself in a positive light will help as well. It’s natural to think a person would be doing business with a company, but each customer is doing business with you directly. Now think back to a time you were in a store and had terrible customer service. How likely are you to go back to that store?

Even if that company employs thousands of people, the one bad experience you had with one employee could actually prevent you from going back. People are more likely to go somewhere they think of in a positive light, some place that reminds them of a good experience. A personal brand is not only a brand for your company or product, but it is also a way of branding yourself. The goal of marketing and creating a personal brand should be, to get your customer base to feel like they know you personally.

3. Build with social media

Social media is a great way to get your clients to feel like they know you personally. When a client feels like they know you, like you, and can trust you, they are more likely to buy whatever you are selling. People buy based off of person, product and price. So having that personal relationship with a client can go a long way, especially if they don’t know a lot about the product or price. There are tons of social media platforms to reach your customer base, but what platform gives the most personal, and honest form of your business?

One of the most surprising ways to build fans of your brand is podcasts. A podcast lets your audience hear your voice and speaking your opinions exactly how you meant them to be said. The more a person feels like they know you, the more likely they are to feel like they can trust you, your recommendations on products, and investments.

“Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence” – Sean Gardner

Unlike most social media platforms, podcasts don’t require someone to scroll through an endless feed, or pay attention to their phone or computer. For a podcast all you have to do is throw on a playlist and listen away while you are driving, cleaning, or just doing day-to-day tasks. The main goal is once you have a playlist of podcasts, someone only needs to hear one, let the playlist go, and suddenly be hooked on your opinions and advice.

You have the power to evoke emotions and feelings from people. In every moment of your life you are building your personal brand. Every time you interact with people and every thing you say makes up how people think and feel about both you and your products/services. When it comes to building your brand, the opportunities are endless but what I stated above is the perfect place to begin that journey. Always remember to create a brand to help your company speak for itself.

How do you make sure people understand who you are and follow you? Let us know by commenting below!

Stephen Dela Cruz is a national best selling author, speaker and serial entrepreneur who specializes in helping budding entrepreneurs double their income in their first year. He’s built several 7 figure businesses and in his book, Entrepreneursh*t he shares strategies around time and money management to help beginning entrepreneurs soar. You can see more about Stephen on his website and follow him on his Facebook page.

3 Ways You Can Awaken Your Positive Spirit

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It’s 5:30 in the morning, your alarm rings. Do you feel like waking up? Heck no! The pillow is your best friend and at this moment, you wouldn’t mind breaking your phone to shut it up. Nonetheless, responsibilities are calling you. You roll out of bed, making it all the way to the bathroom. It takes you one shower and a giant cup of coffee to wake up.

You hit the road. No gas in the car and you are already running late. You stop at the gas station, rush in the door when you realize you forgot your wallet at home. Current mood: the bomb before the explosion approached by the mental breakdown. Can you resonate?

So, here comes the question. What do you do when nothing seems to go right? Do you bow your head down and get into “Why is this happening to me” mindset? Or do you step up and look at the bright side even when it is hard to spot it?

A positive attitude is a heartwarming topic for me because, for many years, I lived on the negative side. Only by experiencing pain and emptiness, did I start to understand the power of positive thinking in life. The best part is, you can make this switch too.

Here are 3 ways you can awaken your positive spirit in any negative moment:

1. Motion Creates Emotion

Imagine your regular day. You wake up, get ready and head to work. Throughout the day, you deal with all kinds of problems and challenges. Deadlines for your big projects are catching up and your mom just called you, crying that her dog is sick and it doesn’t look good. You work your butt off and by 5pm you are in something that I call exhaustion state. But wait, there is a gym hang out tonight at 7 pm. You already promised your buddy John that you will be there so you show up.

You grab your headset and step on the running belt while playing your favorite song or compilation of motivational speeches. Within 15 minutes of motion, you are feeling better. Your pulse is rising and you start running faster. After 30 minutes of motion and intense exercise, the entire exhaustion is gone and you feel great. Suddenly, the day doesn’t seem so bad and you feel pretty good about yourself. How come? Because of motion.

Every motion creates emotion. One of the things I started to do when I felt under the weather was to exercise or jump and say YES for 60 seconds. I put my hands up like a champ who just won the gold cup and smile. Of course, it looks totally crazy so you won’t see me doing it but the change of my mental state happens in an instant.

“I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.” – Conor McGregor

2. Positivity Focus

Let’s take a look at this scenario. One day, two big events. The first is good. You finally closed that deal with a very important client which you were focusing on for months. Great success. But then, you receive an email. It’s from the car company where you applied for your dream car. Unfortunately, your credit score is just a few numbers below their required limit so your application is denied. The question is: Which one are you going to focus on?

The art of happiness isn’t in not having problems or not experiencing losses along the way, it’s all about perspective and your ability to focus on the gains. Life balances itself. I can tell you right now, with solid confidence that you won’t always get what you want or when you want it. Life will often welcome you with re-battles. If you can see your glass half full when things don’t go your way, your positive attitude will save you each and every time.

3. Contribution

Okay, now you may be thinking “What’s up with contribution in this article when we talk about the positive attitude?” I get it so let me explain. Contribution has a highly positive impact on your mental health.

When you give and share, more than likely you’ll receive gratitude from the other person. It makes you feel useful, important and grateful as well. Why? Because there comes the time when you’ll recognize all those things you are taking for granted while others are dying to have or experience them. That’s why we tend to feel more grateful when we contribute.

Gratitude activates positive emotions and directs your focus on the good things. You give and receive at the same time. I call this a double victory.

A positive attitude is both, a corny and classy topic. It becomes corny since we hear it all the time but it stays classy because it always works and definitely saves you from living in misery. Even when you don’t always get what you want, with a positive spirit it will feel like you do.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

How do you stay upbeat in moments where nothing seems to be going your way? Please let us know by commenting below!

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Silvia committed her life to many things but one of them is helping people in turning their pain into power and teach them how to find benefits in the most difficult events of their lives. She is a motivational speaker and founder of CourageWithinYou platform.  She has written well over 200 articles oriented on personal development, success, and healthy mental growth. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her personal website www.silviaturon.com.

President Jonathan to speak on current national issues tomorrow

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Read the State House press release below…

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will host a special edition of the Presidential Media Chat tomorrow, Wednesday, February 11, 2015. During the programme, which will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON) from 1900 Hours, President Jonathan will respond to questions from a panel of journalists on current national issues. All other television and radio stations in the country may hook-up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners.

Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) February 10, 2015

Ninety-one goals in a year, 73 in one season, four Golden Balls: All of Messi’s remarkable records

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ANALYSIS: The Barcelona legend became La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer on Saturday night and we decided to take a look at his most impressive marks for club and country
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer

Lionel Messi has made a habit of rewriting history at Barcelona and his hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday means he is now La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer. The previous mark had stood since 1955. But by the time he has finished, Messi’s may last forever.

Asked about the possibility of Messi surpassing Telmo Zarra’s recently, Luis Enrique’s reply was that the record was of little interest. After all, it was not a matter of if, but when the tally would be surpassed.

Perhaps more significantly, the Barca boss claimed his players had not commented on the record in the dressing room. And that’s possibly because Messi has made a career of achieving the unthinkable, normalising what for most is impossible.

Virtually every time he plays, the Argentine attacker appears to shatter some kind of mark or milestone. His propensity for record-breaking on the football field is nothing new – and it knows no bounds.

Still only 27, the Argentine celebrated 10 years since his Barcelona debut last month and is likely to go on and set many more marks over the coming campaigns. But in light of his latest achievement in La Liga, Goal looks at some of his most remarkable records to date and a few others he is close to breaking for club and country.
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Perfect 10 | Messi has made a habit of breaking records at Barcelona

3 – The Argentine holds the record for most hat-tricks in the Champions League, having hit four (against Arsenal, Viktoria Plzen, Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax).

4 – Messi is the only player in history to win four Ballons d’Or. Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten all won three. He is also the only footballer to finish as top scorer in the Champions League on four separate occasions.

5 – The Argentine is the first player in Champions League history to score five goals in a single match and the first to do so in the formerly named European Cup since Ajax’s Soren Lerby in 1979. He is also the first Barcelona player to net five since Jose Antonio Zaldua in 1965.

6 – In 2009, Pedro became the first player in history to score goals in six competitions over one year. But two years later, Messi emulated his Barcelona team-mate by netting in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup, the Spanish Supercopa and the Club World Cup.

7 – The 27-year-old has been on the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or seven successive times between 2007 and 2013, more than any other player in history.

12 – The forward’s 12 goals for Argentina in 2012 saw him match a feat achieved by compatriot Gabriel Batistuta in 1998. No other player has scored as many goals in a calendar year for Argentina.

14 – Messi scored 14 times in the 2011-12 Champions League to equal Jose Altafini’s record for goals in a European season, since surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo (17) in 2013-14.

19 – The Argentine netted against all 19 teams in La Liga in consecutive matches in 2012-13, a feat never before achieved. Following a break through injury, he also converted in his next two matches and is the only player in history to score in 21 consecutive games in the Primera Division.

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21 – Messi has scored in 21 different cities in the Champions League, more than any other player. He is also the top scorer in Clasico clashes with 21 goals in the famous fixture, having surpassed Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano’s mark of 18 earlier in 2014.

22 – No player has won more trophies at Barcelona than Xavi, but Messi is just one behind his 34-year-old team-mate on 21 titles for the Catalan club. Madrid legend Paco Gento holds the Spanish record with 23, but Leo looks likely to overtake them both as long as he stays in Catalunya for the coming campaigns.

25 – Messi shares the record for most international goals in a calendar year for club and country with Cristiano Ronaldo and Vivian Woodward.

27 – The 27-year-old now has 27 hat-tricks for Barcelona, one more than the 26 scored by Cristiano for Madrid. Of those, 20 have come in La Liga, leaving him just two behind the Portuguese, Telmo Zarra and Alfredo Di Stefano (all on 22). He has also scored three trebles for Argentina.

40 – The Rosario-born attacker is the first player in the history of Spanish football to score 40 or more goals in five consecutive seasons. He hit 47 in all competitions in 2009-10, and then 53, 73, 60 and 41 respectively in the next four campaigns.

45 – Leo has 45 goals for Argentina and is closing in on Batistuta’s national record of 56. Messi passed Diego Maradona’s tally of 34 in 2013.

50 – The Argentine hit 50 goals in La Liga in 2011-12 to set a new record. That came after Cristiano Ronaldo registered 40 in 2010-11 to beat the previous mark of 38 shared by Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sanchez.

71 – The 27-year-old has 71 Champions League goals and recently equalled the mark set by former Real Madrid forward Raul. Cristiano Ronaldo (70) is also in line to break the Spaniard’s record, but Messi will get first crack as Barca are in action away to APOEL on Tuesday. The Argentine has scored his 71 in just 90 games, however, while the Portuguese has played 107 times in Europe’s premier club competition. Raul’s 71 goals came in 142 appearances.

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73 – The Barcelona forward’s 73 goals in all competitions in 2011-12 saw him beat the previous best of 67 in a European season, set by German great Gerd Muller in 1972-73.

91 – Messi also holds the record for most goals in a calendar year, having hit 91 in 2012 to beat Muller’s mark of 85, which had stood since 1972. The 79 he netted for Barcelona also betters the 72 scored by Muller for Bayern Munich in 1972.

101 – With 101 assists in La Liga, the Argentine is just six short of the record held by former Barca and Madrid winger Luis Figo (107). However, statistics for assists only date back to 1995.

142 – Leo is the only player in Barcelona history to score 100 or more league goals at Camp Nou, with 142 of his 253 netted at the Catalan club’s famous home.

203 – Messi is the only player to score 200 goals for Barcelona at Camp Nou, having reached that mark (in all competitions) with his strike against Eibar last month. His hat-trick on Saturday means he now has 203.

253 – The Argentine is now La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer, having surpassed Athletic Club great Zarra (251) with his hat-trick in the match against Sevilla on Saturday.

368 – The 27-year-old has scored 368 goals for Barcelona in official matches and is well clear of the Catalan club’s previous top scorer, Cesar Rodriguez. The former Spanish great hit 232 between 1942 and 1954. No player has scored so many goals for a Spanish side, with the previous best the 335 netted by Zarra for Athletic between 1940 and 1955. Raul is Madrid’s top scorer with 323.

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