The Argentinian talisman scored a brace in Barcelona’s massive victory against city rivals Espanyol on Saturday to set another of his numerous La Liga records.
Messi got two goals to his name and assisted another in the 4-0 win to take them to the top of the La Liga table. The Catalan team are now three points ahead of Sevilla after the Los Rojiblancos were held by Valencia earlier on in the afternoon.
The two free kicks scored by Messi were the tenth and eleventh goals for the season and they helped him break another La Liga record. In fact, Messi became the first player to get to double figures of goals scored for the 13th consecutive season.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 8, 2018
This is surely another important record for Messi who keeps on making La Liga history after his record for most goals scored in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago.
Messi’s two freekick goals brought his set-piece scoring tally to nine this year, three more than any European team has managed in this calendar year.
The 31-year old forward also assisted a goal for Ousmane Dembele with a precise through ball to make it 2-0 and came close to assist another after setting up a shot for Luis Suarez which ended up hitting the post.
This comes after Pele’s controversial comments about Messi having just one skill, not being good at heading the ball and using just his left foot.
Pele has dismissed the notion Lionel Messi is a better player than he ever was…
Thoughts on this?! pic.twitter.com/YOSYn2XW07
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 6, 2018
Messi’s impressive performance also comes after the Ballon d’Or ceremony where the Argentinian only placed 5th behind Mbappe, Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and the number one Luka Modric.
With his brace against Espanyol, the Argentinian has now scored a total of fifteen goals and assisted nine in 16 appearances across all competitions this season.
For sure one should expect the Barcelona captain to keep on setting up new records with world-class performances week in week out.