Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a second consecutive La Liga. The club had the chance to win the treble and were in a very good position to do so. They were 3-0 up in the Champions League semi-final and had already reached the final of the Copa Del Rey.
However, a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and a loss to Valencia meant that the club had to settle for the League title. A very good campaign has been marginalized by two very excruciating defeats that left a bitter taste in the mouth of the players and supporters.
Individually though, Lionel Messi has shone through and through. The Argentine Maestro scored a whopping 51 goals and 22 assists. The fact that his nearest competitor in Europe, Robert Lewandowski, scored 11 less just goes to show how dominant Messi was last season.
In total Messi found the back of the net 54 times. He could only score 3 times for Argentina. His disappointing showing for Argentina is another point against him. Had he won the Copa America with his country, the path to win a 6th award would have become much easier. However, his individual exploits are nothing to scoff at.
He’s had a season many strikers around the world would give an arm and leg for. Will it be enough for him to clinch the award though? Lionel Messi would certainly hope so.