Lionel Messi has written yet another page in the history books for Barcelona.
It seems Messi is like wine. As older he gets, the more beautiful his game gets. It’s tough to see him finish 5th in Ballon d’Or. But since then he has delivered some impressive performances for Barcelona. Against Levante, he helped his side get three points. But he also set a new Barcelona record.
Three goals and two assists marked a memorable Sunday for the Argentine, who has set new heights for his club Lionel Messi has written yet another page in the history books for Barcelona after inspiring his team to a thumping 5-0 victory over Levante on Sunday. After only featuring off the bench midweek in Barca’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Tottenham.
The Argentine was back with a vengeance at the weekend in La Liga. Messi scored a hat-trick and added two assists in a near-perfect display. The win saw Messi feature in his 323rd La Liga victory, surpassing Xavi’s 322 wins to make the Argentine the club’s all-time winningest player in league play.
As well as leading Barca to the record-breaking win, Messi sent several individual records tumbling on a fantastic evening. He is now the top scorer in Europe’s big five leagues. The Barcelona captain has 14 goals so far this Liga term. And if goals and assists are combined Leo has racked up no less than 24.
50 – Between Barcelona and Argentina, Lionel Messi has scored 50+ goals in eight of the last nine years (50 in 2018). 10. pic.twitter.com/cxrme7MJO5
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A number that is also beyond any of his competitors in Europe’s elite. With 10 assists he is the only player out of the top five leagues to have both scored and provided in double figures during this first half of the 2018-19 campaign. Sunday’s victory means that Barcelona enjoy a three-point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid and Sevilla going into the final Liga fixtures of 2018.
It seems there’s no stopping for this guy. There were reports that Barcelona were looking for a long term replacement of him but it seems Messi at 31 has a lot to give and there’s no need to see a replacement of him if he continues to perform like this. At this point Messi is the difference between Barcelona and mediocrity.