Lionel Messi’s goal contribution in the La Liga this season is nothing short of stunning the whole world.
Lionel Messi would love to play Sevilla week in week out. The Argentine International scored a hat-trick against the Spanish side and took his total hat-trick tally to 50 in his career till date. He is only second to Cristiano Ronaldo who has played 99 games more than Barcelona’s number 10.
He has scored most against the side from Seville by finding the net on 36 occasions from just 35 games which is the highest against any La Liga side in his fascinating Barcelona career.
With these three goals, he increased his tally for the season to 25 in the La Liga and is currently the top scorer in the La Liga and Europe’s top five leagues. Additionally, he has produced a breathtaking 11 assists in the league which is the highest in the league too.
By producing so much in the final third, he has made 36 goal contributions from just 23 games in the league. By mustering these numbers, Lionel Messi is averaging a goal or assist every 52 minutes in the La Liga this season.
One year ago today, Leo Messi broke La Liga’s all-time record for assists, reaching 148.
He now has 165 🐐 pic.twitter.com/LmD7uQ98Xq
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 24, 2019
Lionel Messi has 917 goal contributions (650 goals, 267 assists) in 797 games in his career. pic.twitter.com/rXVE0tEVZX
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) February 24, 2019
1⃣ First ever hat-trick 🆚 Real Madrid in March 2007
5⃣0⃣ Reaches half-century of hat-tricks 🆚 Sevilla in 2019
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 23, 2019
It takes something to witness all these magic from Barcelona’s number 10 who seems to be getting better as wine as every single day passes by. Apart from scoring 25 in the league, he has added another 8 in the Champions League and Copa Del Rey.
Barcelona, without the presence of Lionel Messi, are a team without an essence. They have struggled when he was absent on the field until Luis Suarez bailed them on some occasions.
🤯 Lionel Messi is just something else…
⚽️ 650 goals
🅰️ 227 assists
🎩 50 hat-tricks
🏆 x 9 La Liga
🏆 x 6 Copa del Rey
🏆 x 7 Supercopa de Espana
🏆 x 4 Champions League
🏆 x 3 Super Cup
🏆 x 3 Club World Cup
🥇 x 1 Gold medal
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) February 23, 2019
– 51 hat-tricks n 948 games.
– 49% of them with goals from the penalty spot.
– 50 hat-tricks in 797 games.
– 26% of them with goals from the penalty spot.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 24, 2019
There is no doubt that a player of that calibre will be missed during his absence. Real Madrid were witnessing the same upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, but they have somehow found a way to score goals and win games on their own.
Barcelona need not look at post-Messi era as he has the capability to play for another four to five years at the top level easily. However, it will be interesting if they would be able to lift the Champions League this season.
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