Lionel Messi has finished the La Liga season with 25 goals and 21 assists to his name after Barcelona’s 5-0 demolition of Deportivo Alaves
The Blaugrana’s 33-year-old superstar has now set the record for the most assists in a single campaign in the Spanish top-flight, eclipsing Xavi’s total of 20 from 2008/09.
The diminutive Argentine’s cross was fired home by Ansu Fati to open the scoring against Alaves, with Messi going on to add two more goals of his own.
His first of the day was a supremely cool finish inside the box after a brilliant ball from Riqui Puig in the build-up.
Messi’s second of the day – and Barcelona’s fifth – was a sensational half-volley after a typically brilliant cross from Jordi Alba.
You can view all three of Messi’s goal involvements against Alaves today below.
Messi assists Fati
Messi grabs his first goal
Messi adds a second
Imagine thinking this guy isn’t a contender for the 2020 Ballon d’Or? With Karim Benzema failing to score against Leganes, the Argentine has officially won the Pichichi Trophy for a record seventh time, surpassing Telmo Zarra’s total of six.
The only thing that will annoy Messi is the fact that his record of 21 assists in 2019/20 is the joint most by a player in one of Europe’s top five leagues, level with Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller.
One more today and he would have had the record all to himself – but you can’t have it all, Lionel.
After the game against Alaves, Messi maintained his humble demeanour when asked about his achievements in front of goal, telling reporters: “Pichichi award? It’s secondary to me. I wish we had won La Liga, like last year.”
The Argentine added: “The attitude and commitment that the team has shown today is the way forward. We leave with better feelings thinking about the Champions League.”
With Messi in the form he is, you simply cannot bet against Barcelona winning back the trophy that has eluded them since 2015.
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