Lionel Messi has broken numerous records in his decorated career. From winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or six times, to being the highest goalscorer of FC Barcelona of all time, the sensational striker’s list of milestones goes on. Yesterday, the Catalan skipper became the 2019-20 La Liga top goalscorer with a spectacular brace in the 5-0 rout of Deportivo Alavés. However, its not the only achievement you should be amazed about, because Messi has also broken the record of most assists in La Liga in a single season, and also winning the La Liga Golden Boot award Pichichi trophy for the record seventh time!
Thrashing Alavés 5-0 last night at the Mendizorrotza Stadium not only saw two goals from the veteran Argentine, Leo Messi also provided the precious assist that set up Barça youngster Ansu Fati’s scoreboard opening strike.
Two-in-one: Messi breaks double records against Alavés
With 21 assists in the current La Liga campaign, Messi has now broken the record of highest assists provided in a single season of Spanish top flight. The record was previously held by former Barcelona legend Xavi, the iconic Spanish playmaker who achieved a staggering 20 assists in the 2008-09 season.
In addition to that, Messi became the top goalscorer of a La Liga season for the seventh time, as he finished the current season with 25 goals out of 33 matches. While this has been the forward’s lowest number of goals in a single La Liga season since 2008-09, it was more than enough to surpass Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who is second in the list with 21 goals.
The 33 year old has claimed the Trofeo Pichichi for the seventh time, a record he previously had held jointly wih six time winner Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra. The Pichichi trophy, honoured to legendary Bilbao forward Rafael “Pichichi” Moren, is awarded by the Spanish sports outlet Marca to the top goalscorer of each La Liga season.
However, the veteran goal machine’s reaction to the double record break is as humble as it gets.
“Individual achievements are always secondary,” Messi said in an interview on Sunday, “I wished it could have come along with the league title.”
In additon to Leo’s brace and Fati’s single strike, Barcelona’s two additional goals against Alavés came from Luis Suárez and Nélson Semedo, as they finished the season second in the league table, five points being the champions Real Madrid.