Lionel Messi is first to have 20 goals, 20 assists in La Liga season


Turns out there’s still a La Liga record Lionel Messi still doesn’t own. Or didn’t, at least.

Messi’s assist on Arturo Vidal’s first-half goal Saturday made him the first player in La Liga history to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a single season. Barcelona leads Villarreal 1-0 in the second half.

Messi has 22 goals total this season and now 20 assists. He’s just the second player this century to accomplish the feat in one of Europe’s top five leagues (Thierry Henry did it for Arsenal in 2002-03), and Messi is the first player in La Liga to reach 20 assists since former Barcelona teammate Xavi in 2008-09.

Via beIN Sports:

Messi’s nifty flick and Vidal’s impressive composure and finish come at a key juncture for Barcelona, which needs a win to stand a reasonable chance of catching Real Madrid in the La Liga title chase this season.

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