Alaves vs Barcelona: Sensational Lionel Messi sets new La Liga assist record

Alaves vs Barcelona: Sensational Lionel Messi sets new La Liga assist record

- Alaves vs Barcelona ended in a rout for the hosts while Messi set a new La Liga record

- The Argentine ended the season with 21 assists this season breaking Xavi's record

- Barcelona defeated the home team 5-0 with Messi also getting a brace

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Lionel Messi smashed the Spanish La Liga record on Sunday, July 19, after he set up Ansu Fati for Barcelona in their 5-0 rout over Deportivo Alavés.

The Argentine, despite being 33 years of age, set a new record for most assists in La Liga in a single season, surpassing former Barcelona teammate Xavi in the process.

It was Messi's 21st in the league this term, breaking the record his former teammate Xavi set in 2008-09.

The first goal of the encounter came in the 24th minute when Messi received a ball in space on the right wing and tried to play a cross that was deflected, but Ansu Fati was quicker than the Alavés defense to slot the ball home.

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And 10 minutes later, a great combination between Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig on the left eventually found Messi who had an easy tap-in to make it 2-0.

Luis Suarez made it 3-0 just before half-time as both teams went into the break with the Blaugrana holding a convincing lead.

In the 57th minute, another assist with Riqui Puig found Semedo in a great position and the full-back fired a rocket into the top corner and what a goal that was, 4-0 to the visitors.

Lionel Messi eventually completed his brace after another beautiful team goal thanks to genius movement and passing by De Jong, a second excellent assist for Alba and a second goal for Messi.

What a performance! It ended; Alavés 0-5 Barcelona.

Alavés vs Barcelona: Sensational Lionel Messi sets new Spanish La Liga assists record

Alavés vs Barcelona: Messi sets new La Liga record. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, it was a rotten afternoon for Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, July 19, after Tottenham defeated the Foxes 3-0 with Harry Kane bagging a brace in a space of three minutes.

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With the result, Tottenham are now sixth on the Premier League standings with 58 points with one game left.

They hope Wolverhampton Wanderers slump on Monday night against Crystal Palace.

Former Real Madrid star reveals how Mourinho almost 'killed' Ronaldo despite scoring a hat-trick. Leicester City, on the other hand now, have their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Premier League strugglers Watford have parted ways with their manager Nigel Pearson with just two matches to the end of the season.

The Hornets are currently 17th on the table with 34 points after 36 league appearances - just three points better than 18th place Bournemouth.

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