The star forward reached this milestone through Barcelona’s defeat of Alaves (5-0), wherein he not only provided an assist to Ansu Fati but also managed to score a couple of goals himself.
The Argentinian’s latest accomplishment may be considered extra special by many, most particularly for Barca’s own fans, mainly due to the fact that the previous assist record holder was none other than Xavi, the legendary Spanish midfielder who once played with Messi for the Catalan giants.
During the La Liga 2008-2009 season, Xavi had cemented his place in the history books, by reaching 20 assists in a single season. That feat has since been surpassed by his former teammate Messi, who finishes this season with an all-time best of 21 assists.
Not only did Messi break La Liga’s all-time assists record set by his ex-teammate Xavi, but the Barcelona captain also managed to break other records as well in recent weeks.
Chief among these new achievements is the distinction of being the first player ever in Spain’s top-flight soccer league to reach at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same season.
By bagging 25 goals this season, the diminutive winger has claimed his seventh Pichichi trophy, which is awarded to the La Liga player who tallies the most goals in an entire season.
Messi’s tally of 25 goals for the season sees him secure a commanding lead over his closest La Liga goal scoring competitor, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid (21 goals).
Although Messi has won seven total Pichichis his whole career, this season’s trophy marks his fourth consecutive. In the all-time list, the next player with the most Pichichis won is legend Telmo Zarra of Athletic Bilbao, with six.
Beating Xavi to the all-time assists in a single season record is an already impressive achievement as it is, but Messi’s tally has also equaled another record, that of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, for the highest single-season assist finish by any current player of the Top 5 European Leagues over the past decade, as noted by ESPN.
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