Sports Updated Mar 11, 2019 | 14:34 IST | BusinessDelta
Lionel Messi has been scoring a huge amount of goals this season for Barcelona. He is the leading goal-scorer and assist-maker in Europe right now.
Lionel Messi has been on a roll this season for Barcelona. After missing out on the award for the past three seasons, Messi looks to set to bring the Ballon d’Or home this year with his eye-catching displays. The Argentine was again in his elements against Rayo Vallecano as he scored one and assisted one at the Camp Nou. He was already the top-scorer in Europe and now he has become the leading assist-maker in Europe’s top five leagues.
Messi has scored 26 league goals in the La Liga with his penalty against Vallecano. He is now 2 goals ahead of Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe. His arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo is seven goals behind him this season.
Messi has now provided the most assists this season as well while scoring more goals than anyone else in Europe. Messi is on top of the Europe charts with 12 assists this season in the La Liga. It is more than anyone else in the Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga and the Bundesliga combined. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is just 1 assist behind Messi with 11.
Another impressive record that Messi and his teammate Luis Suarez hold is of scoring more goals than the entire Real Madrid squad. Messi (26) and Suarez (17) have equalled Real Madrid’s tally of 43 league goals for the La Liga campaign so far with strikes against Rayo Vallecano. The two of them have also outscored the other 18 teams in Spain’s top division.
This season, Messi has been extremely influential for Barcelona. He has scored 38% of Barcelona’s goals this season. Messi has scored or assisted 38 of Barcelona’s 69 goals this term which is having a direct hand in 55% of Barcelona’s league goals this season.
Now Messi will again get a chance to improve his impressive goal tally when Barcelona take on Lyon in the Champions League at Camp Nou.