Messi sets new La Liga scoring record in Sevilla rout

Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored memorable goals for Barcelona as Ernesto Valverde’s decision to drop Antoine Griezmann was vindicated in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.

Over 600 career goals, 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies, five Ballon d’Or awards – Lionel Messi’s list of awards and accomplishments could go on endlessly. We look at some of the Argentine’s most stunning accolades so far.

While their €120 million signing sat among the substitutes, Suarez’s acrobatic overhead kick got the La Liga champions off the mark, Arturo Vidal polished off a sublime passing move with the second and Dembele scored a solo effort to all but end the contest.

 All-time La Liga top scorer Messi has scored 414 goals from 445 appearances. Ex-Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second, with 311 from 292 games.
All-time La Liga top scorer
Messi has scored 414 goals from 445 appearances. Ex-Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second, with 311 from 292 games.

Lionel Messi wrapped up the win with a curling second-half free-kick and the synergy between Barcelona’s front three, which has not always clicked with Griezmann involved, will not have been lost on Valverde.

 

First to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons
On Aug. 18, 2018, his goal against Deportivo Alavés made him the first player to score in 15 consecutive Spanish league seasons. This was also F.C. Barcelona’s 6,000th goal. The club’s 5,000th goal, scored in 2009, was also scored by Messi.

The match ended in unsavoury fashion for the Catalans, though, who saw debutant Ronald Araujo and Dembele sent off shortly before injury time.

 50 hat-tricks On Feb. 23, 2019, he scored his 50th career hat-trick during a match against Sevilla. His third goal also marked his 650th career strike – 585 for Barcelona and 65 for his national team, Argentina.
50 hat-tricks
On Feb. 23, 2019, he scored his 50th career hat-trick during a match against Sevilla. His third goal also marked his 650th career strike – 585 for Barcelona and 65 for his national team, Argentina.

Luuk de Jong received good service from Lucas Ocampos in the early stages but he fluffed three chances put Sevilla ahead before Suarez broke the deadlock with a moment of magic 27 minutes in.

 Most La Liga wins On April 6, thanks to his goal against Atlético Madrid, Messi edged out former Spanish skipper Iker Casillas on the tables with 335 La Liga victories – the highest number of wins in the Spanish league.
Most La Liga wins
On April 6, thanks to his goal against Atlético Madrid, Messi edged out former Spanish skipper Iker Casillas on the tables with 335 La Liga victories – the highest number of wins in the Spanish league.

The Uruguay marksman watched Nelson Semedo’s cross loop through the air and met it with an overhead kick into the bottom corner of the net before goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik could react.

 Most goals in a La Liga season The Barcelona icon scored 50 goals from 37 appearances in 2011/12. He almost repeated the feat the following season, scoring 46 times in only 32 games. Ronaldo came closer still during the 2014/15 season, scoring 48 times in 35 games.
Most goals in a La Liga season
The Barcelona icon scored 50 goals from 37 appearances in 2011/12. He almost repeated the feat the following season, scoring 46 times in only 32 games. Ronaldo came closer still during the 2014/15 season, scoring 48 times in 35 games.

The goal settled the hosts and five minutes later a move that incorporated 25 passes and all 11 Barcelona players culminated in Arthur’s weighted ball, which allowed Vidal to slide in and glance a shot past Vaclik.

Most goals scored in a calendar year
Most goals scored in a calendar year
Messi’s insatiable hunger for goals saw him score 91 in 2012 – 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina. The Guinness World Record holder for most goals in a calendar year, he also holds the record for most goals scored in a domestic season – 73 (2011-12).

Dembele made it 3-0 inside eight first-half minutes when his slaloming run tore through Sevilla’s defence, the 22-year-old opening his body and side-footing in at the far post.

Most Ballon d’Or wins The diminutive Argentine has five (2009, '10, '11, '12 and '15) wins to his name. He shares this record with Ronaldo, who won his fifth in December 2017.
Most Ballon d’Or wins
The diminutive Argentine has five (2009, ’10, ’11, ’12 and ’15) wins to his name. He shares this record with Ronaldo, who won his fifth in December 2017.

The second half started just like the first, with De Jong squandering a great chance to score when he drilled a shot against the post from just inside the Barca box.

Most European Golden Boots
Messi added to his tally after the 2017-18 season, finishing with 34 goals (and 12 assists) from 36 games. His previous wins came in ’09-10, ’10-11, ’12-13 and ’16-17.

The hosts were soon back on top and Messi twice surged through Sevilla’s midfield before putting the finishing touches on a fine win with a dipping, curling free-kick 12 minutes from time.

 Fastest to 100 UEFA Champions League goals Messi, who made his debut in the competition in 2004, against Ukraine's F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk, reached the landmark in 123 games. Messi and Ronaldo, are the only players to have scored a century of goals in Europe's most prestigious club competition. However, the Portuguese took 144 games to reach the same mark.
Fastest to 100 UEFA Champions League goals
Messi, who made his debut in the competition in 2004, against Ukraine’s F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk, reached the landmark in 123 games.
Messi and Ronaldo, are the only players to have scored a century of goals in Europe’s most prestigious club competition. However, the Portuguese took 144 games to reach the same mark.

Valverde sent on Araujo for his debut, which turned sour when he was judged to have fouled Javier Hernandez as the Sevilla forward went through on goal and was shown a red card along with Dembele, who was sent off for his protests.

Youngest to 250 La Liga goals The Barcelona superstar was 27 when he reached the landmark. It came during a routine 3-0 league win over S.D. Eibar on Oct. 18, 2014. The record was previously held by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra, who was 34 when he scored his 250th goal.
Youngest to 250 La Liga goals
The Barcelona superstar was 27 when he reached the landmark. It came during a routine 3-0 league win over S.D. Eibar on Oct. 18, 2014. The record was previously held by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra, who was 34 when he scored his 250th goal.

What does it mean? Barca go second

After Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw at Real Valladolid, Barcelona took full advantage and claimed a result that moved them up to second place in the table, two points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Only player to score in 23 cities
Only player to score in 23 cities
Messi has scored Champions League goals in Portugal, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Belarus, Cyprus and, of course, Spain. That adds up to an impressive 23 goals across 16 cities.

Frenkie says ‘Relax!’

A run of mixed results in August and September left Valverde under pressure but his players looked calm and assured here, none more so than Frenkie de Jong, who looks every inch the composed midfield lynchpin to succeed Sergio Busquets – a second-half substitute here.

La Liga's top scorer (active) Messi is a five-time winner of the Trofeo Pichichi ('09-10, '11-'12, '12-'13, '16-'17, '17-'18), which was named after legendary Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno. The award is given by leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca and has been given to the top scorer in the league every year since 1952-53.
La Liga’s top scorer (active)
Messi is a five-time winner of the Trofeo Pichichi (’09-10, ’11-’12, ’12-’13, ’16-’17, ’17-’18), which was named after legendary Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael “Pichichi” Moreno. The award is given by leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca and has been given to the top scorer in the league every year since 1952-53.

No luck for Luuk

While Barca’s De Jong barely put a foot wrong his Sevilla namesake had a torrid evening, the centre-forward missing four clear chances to give the visitors a foothold in the game.

 Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season Even by his own standards, Messi was phenomenal in the 2011-12 season, scoring eight hat-tricks. In 2014-15, Ronaldo equaled this mark.
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season
Even by his own standards, Messi was phenomenal in the 2011-12 season, scoring eight hat-tricks. In 2014-15, Ronaldo equaled this mark.

Key Opta Facts

– Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive La Liga seasons in the 21st century.

– Luis Suarez has scored 183 goals for Barca in all competitions, one behind Jose Samitier, their fourth-highest all-time top scorer.

– Messi scored his 100th goal from outside the box for Barca in all competitions, 43 coming from direct free-kicks.

– Julen Lopetegui has conceded nine goals in his two LaLiga games at Camp Nou as a coach (16 shots on target faced).

– Barca have not lost any of their 23 La Liga matches with Arturo Vidal in their starting XI (W15 D8).

– The Catalans received two red cards in the same LaLiga game for the first time since February 2010 against Getafe.

What’s next?

Barcelona will hope to extend their winning run to five matches in all competitions by beating Eibar away from home on October 19, while Sevilla aim to get back on course as they entertain Levante a day later.

Source: msn.com

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