Lionel Messi sent special Christmas gifts to 160 players on his special occasion.

There are still some in Argentina who are reminiscing about the triumph that occurred in Qatar a little over a year ago, and Messi could not ask for much for Christmas now that he has won the World Cup.

However, he has a track record of bestowing Christmas presents rather than receiving them; in 2020, he distributed a token of his own festive joy to several opponents. Prior to Christmas of that year, Lionel Messi scored 644 goals for Barcelona, surpassing Pele’s official Santos record. To commemorate the achievement, Messi enlisted the assistance of Budweiser.

Messi presented a personalized bottle of lager to each of the 160 goalkeepers he had defeated since 2005 in order to reach the monumental milestone. The number of bottles each goalkeeper received was proportional to the number of goals they conceded to the legendary magician, who is currently employed by Paris Saint-Germain.

As a result, Diego Alves was granted the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in style by receiving twenty-one bottles that were custom-made. Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas was awarded seventeen goals, while Thibaut Courtois, his long-term counterpart, was awarded nine.

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Thirteen players who were active in the Premier League at the time received bottles; among them were several familiar figures. David de Gea of Manchester United, Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart of Tottenham, and Alisson of Liverpool all received two bottles. Both Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak thanked Messi on social media for their unexpected gift.

Full list of keepers Messi sent Christmas gifts in 2020

21 Diego Alves

18 Gorka Iraizoz

17 Iker Casillas, Andres Fernandez

14 Diego Lopez

13 Ivan Cuellar, Roberto

12 Andres Palop, Tono, Pau Lopez

11 Claudio Bravo , Dudu Aouate, Ruben Martinez, Marko Dmitrovic

10 Jan Oblak

9 Carlos Kameni, Thibaut Courtois, Beto

8 Christian Abbiati, Daniel Aranzubia, Sergio Asenio, Fernando Pacheco

7 Miguel Moya, Cesar Sanchez, Jordi Codina, Willy Caballero, Bernd Leno, Cristian Alvarez, Keylor Navas, Antonio Adan, Juan Carlos, Sergio Rico

6 Asier Riesgo, Gustavo Munua, David de Gea, Casto, Kiko Casilla, Gero Rulli, Manuel Almunia

5 Sergio Aragoneses, Vicente Guaita, Salvatore Sirigu, Przemyslaw Tyton, Fabri, Oier Olazabal, Iago Herrerin, Sergio Alvarez, Ruben Blanco, Tomas Vaclik

4 Ricardo, David Cobeno, Gregory Coupet, Javi Varas, Esteban, Julio Cesar, Andrey Dikan, Adrian, Yoel Rodriguez, Bono, Jeroen Zoet, Aitor Fernandez, Jordi Masip, Manolo Reina

3 Woiciech Szczesny, Franco Costanzo, Toni Doblas, Andriy Pyatov, Roberto Fernandez, German Lux, Hugo Lloris, Alexandros Tzorvas, Johan Selberg-Wiland, Roman Pavlik, Kenneth Vermeer, Jasper Cillessen, Urko Pardo, Diego Marino, Mat Ryan, Dorus de Vries, Leandro Chichizola, Neto

2 Luis Garcia, Ruben Perez, Remy Vercoutre, Artur Boruc, Sergio Sanchez, Juan Pablo, Hans Jorg Butt, Edwin van der Sar, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Jens Lehmann, Jacobo Sanz, Juan Calatayud, Aleksandr Gutor, Rafael, Mario Fernandez, Mikel Saizar, Joe Hart, Jaime Jiminez, Manuel Neuer, Petr Cech, David Ospina , Jon Andres Serantes, Craig Gordon, Nauzet Perez, Gianluigi Buffon, Kepa , David Soria, Axel Werner, Alisson, Jaume Domenech, Sergio Herrera

1 Anthony Lopes, Mathieu Gorgelin, Raul Valbuena, Mario Galinovic, Inaki Lafuente, Jose Pinto, Tim Wiese, Javier Lopez Vallejo, Marco Sotari, Raphael Schafer, Allan McGregor, Sterano Sorrentino, Vladan Kujovic, Timo Hildebrand, Francesc Arnau, Juan Carlos Caballero, Rui Patricio, Leo Franco, Inaki Goitia, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Vladimir Stojkovic, Oscar Ustari, Diego Calzado, Federico Vilar, Damian Albil, Justo Villar, Fock, Helton, Fraser Forster, Dani Hernandez, Marco Amelia, Enaut Zubikarai, Jesus Fernandez, Xabi Irureta, Julian Cuesta, Marcelo Barovero, Manu Fernandez, Yann Sommer, Kevin Trapp, Silvio Proto, Juan Soriano, Stole Dimitrievski, Ondrej Kolar, Roman Burki, Rui Silva, Alex Remiro, Denes Dibusz, Ruslan Neshcheret

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