Srinagar, July 23: The Spanish top league La Liga season is over with Real Madrid crowned champions after sluggish performance by Barcelona after football resumption following Coronavirus forced break. Despite missed out on top title and retaining league title with his Barcelona side, Lionel Messi still had lot to cherish as he has already broken around 11 records only this season.
Messi being furious and lashing out at Barcelona after missing out on title is understandable but the individual performance of the Argentina talisman has been what we have been seen for now for more than a decade.
And even though Messi could still augment his achievements when European football resumes, the Argentine has already achieved so many records and feats during the 2019/20 campaign.
In the list of records broken by Messi compiled by The Sun, one can see why everyone loves the Barcelona superstar and how prolific he has been.
1. Record seventh Pichichi trophy
Pulling clear of Benzema’s tally was enough for Messi to surpass the six Pichichi trophies that Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra amassed in the 1940s and 1950s.
2. Most assists in a single La Liga season (21)
Has his goal-scoring declined this season? Yes. Has he applied that brilliance elsewhere? You bet.
3. First La Liga player with 20 goals and 20 assists in one season
It’s a feat only matched elsewhere by Thierry Henry in the Premier League during the 2002/03 campaign where the Arsenal man also fell short of the league title.
4. Most individual Player of the Month awards
With seven plaques, Messi should trade in these awards for an entire Player of the Half-Year gong.
5. First La Liga player with 12 consecutive 20-goal seasons
Football clubs around the world can live or die by whether they have a 20-goal-a-season striker, but imagine the same star achieving it 12 times in a row… and just in the league.
6. First footballer to reach 1,000 goal contributions
Sure, it looks as though Christiano Ronaldo will be the first to surpass Pele’s world-record goal-scoring record, but the Portuguese will never strike the goals/assists balance that Messi has.
7. First player in Spanish football history to 500 wins
Falling short of the La Liga title doesn’t make Messi any less of a born winner.
8. Most hat-tricks in La Liga history (36)
Sorry, Cristiano, but your old record of 34 from your Real Madrid days has been erased from the history books.
9. Most El Clasico appearances by a Barcelona player (43)
Most Barca goals in El Clasico? Check. Most Barca outings in El Clasico? Check.
10. First player to score in 15 successive Champions League seasons
We’ll let you decide whether this gives Messi any extra bargaining chips in the debate with Ronaldo as the Champions League’s greatest ever player.
11. Most teams scored against in Champions League history (34)
Dito. Though, it certainly fits the narrative of Ronaldo fans saying that Messi scores far more often in the group stages than he can ever manage in the biggest games.
As already announced there is not going to be Ballon D’or this year, and no one can argue that Messi was again a front runner to win the award this year.