Lionel Messi is currently recording a ridiculous goal scoring statistic for Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi became only the second player ever to reach 400 league goals in Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo collected the same milestone this season, with Messi actually reaching the record in 63 fewer games.

Barcelona's little magician now has 17 La Liga goals to his name already in 2018/19, despite missing a month of the season with a fractured arm.

Luis Suarez is also in a rich vein of form, scoring twice in Barca's 3-0 win at home to Eibar yesterday evening to take his personal La Liga tally to 14.

With Messi and Suarez at the peak of their powers, the Blaugrana look as if they will be serious contenders to win both the league and Champions League.

And after he notched his 400th La Liga goal, a statistic on Messi's performances this season appeared on Twitter which may surprise a few people.

According to data from WhoScored, the 31-year-old is actually averaging more non-penalty goals plus assists per 90 minutes than at any other time during his career.

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Let's bare in mind that back in 2011/12, Messi scored an unprecedented 50 goals in La Liga alone.

It just goes to show that at 31, one of the world's greatest players is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

"Messi's numbers are stratospheric," Ernesto Valverde told the press after the win over Eibar, per Goal. "They are incredible.

"Not only the goals, but also what he creates. He's from another galaxy."

Messi celebrates vs Eibar

Barca currently sit five points ahead of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table, with Sevilla dropping crucial points away at Athletic Bilbao yesterday.

Valverde's side are the overwhelming favourites to retain their La Liga crown, but it's in the Champions League where Messi wants to shine most.

Barca haven't won the trophy since 2015, but their talisman played the group stage as if he had a point to prove, notching six goals in just four games.

But according to France Football, he's only the fifth best player in the world...

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