Lionel Messi has been extremely Lionel Messi for Barcelona this season.
Barcelona have romped to the title in La Liga and are in the Copa del Rey final, with Messi predictably at the heart of all their best moments.
We’ve rounded up 10 eye-catching statistics which sum up Messi’s sublime 2018-19 campaign.
– Messi has topped La Liga’s charts for both goals (36) and assists (13 – level with Sevilla’s Pablo Sarabia).
– Of Barcelona’s 90 La Liga goals this season, Messi has either scored or assisted 54.5% of them.
– In 2,710 minutes of La Liga football this season, Messi averages a goal or assist every 55.3 minutes.
– Messi also tops La Liga for total shots, shots on target, chances created, big chances created, fouls won in final third, goals from outside the box, goals from free-kicks, braces and hat-tricks.
– The Argentine is also the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 12 goals in 10 appearances.
– By winning the Pichichi award as La Liga’s top scorer for a sixth time, Messi equalled Telmo Zarra’s all-time record which has stood since 1953.
– This has been the fifth campaign in which Messi has scored 35+ goals in La Liga.
– This has been Messi’s sixth season in which he has scored 50+ goals in all competitions.
Lionel Messi has scored 50 goals in all competitions this season 🐐 pic.twitter.com/c4nMd2QzAD
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 19, 2019
– With 50 goals in 49 appearances, Messi has scored more than a goal a game for the fifth time in his career.
– Of his 49 appearances in all competitions, Messi has scored or assisted in 37 – 75.5% of all the fixtures he has played in.