Lionel Messi wins 7th Pichichi award after breaking long-standing La Liga assist record

Lionel Messi wins 7th Pichichi award after breaking long-standing La Liga assist record

- Lionel Messi wins seventh La Liga top scorers award after finishing the season with 25 goals

- The Argentine beat Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema to the award having set the assist record in the Spanish league

- The 33-year-old sets new La Liga assist record with 21 in a season after overtaking former teammate Xavi who held the record in 2009

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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi may have missed the chance to win the La Liga title for the third consecutive time this season, but he didn't miss the opportunity to break yet another record.

The 33-year-old inspired the Catalans to a 5-0 victory in their last game of the campaign, scoring twice and assisting one of the goals that helped them finished on a high.

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Going into the match, Messi was on 20 assists - the record Xavi Hernandez set before leaving the club a few years back.

But the Argentine, after assisting Ansu Fati's first goal in the fixture, overtook his former captain to achieve a new feat in his career.

He has now become the first player to create 21 assists in a single season - the most in a single campaign in La Liga history.

Apart from Messi and Fati, Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo were also on target for the visitors in an inconsequential game as they have relinquished the title to Real Madrid before the match.

The Argentine also finished the season as the top scorer with 25 goals in 33 topflight appearances and was crowned highest goals scorer beating Karim Benzema with 21 goals to the award.

Lionel Messi becomes 1st player to create 21 assists in la Liga history
Lionel Messi celebrating one of Barcelona's victories. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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After losing the title to arch-rivals, Messi appeared very pained as he took it out on the club - calling them unpleasant names and putting his future at the club under serious doubts.

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Reacting to the title loss, he said: "We didn't want to end the season like this but it represents how the season has gone.

"We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team. "We lost a lot of points and today's game is a summary of the season.

"We have to be self-critical. Starting with the players but doing a global self-criticism.

"We are Barca and we have to win everything. "We can't look at Madrid. They have done their job, but we have helped them a lot."

Meanwhile, his manager has a contrary opinion, after countering all what the captain said and defending his team. earlier reported that Barcelona fans believe Lionel Messi didn't do well enough to be voted the team's best player of the season despite scoring 23 goals and 21 assists in 32 La Liga appearances.

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The 33-year-old scored in his side's last home defeat to Osasuna during the week but his goal was not enough to save the Catalans from defeat at Camp Nou.

After the defeat that led to Real Madrid clinch their 34th La Liga title earlier this week, the Argentine lashed out at the Catalans, saying it was the worst team on over a decade.

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