- Lionel Messi produced yet another 5-star performance in the La Liga on Monday night, March 15
- The superstar grabbed two goals helping his side to a 4-1 win over Huesca in the Spanish topflight
- The Barcelona captain has now scored, at least 20 goals, in thirteen consecutive seasons in Spain
Legendary Argentinian Lionel Messi has continued to defy the odds despite the age of 33 as he grabbed yet another brace in Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Huesca in the La Liga.
The Barcelona captain is now the first player in history to score 20 goals or more for 13 La Liga seasons running.
He scored in both halves of the encounter helping his side to secure all three points and move withing four points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.
The first was a thing of beauty and his second incredible goal in under a week.
After winning the ball back himself in the opposition’s half, the 33-year-old rifled home an inch-perfect shot into the top corner to leave the goalkeeper with no chance.
The strike saw him become the first player in history to hit 20 plus goals for the thirteenth LaLiga season in a row.
He equalled Xavi's record at the Nou Camp following his appearance against in the encounter.
The Argentine made his 767th appearance for the Catalans equaling his legendary team-mate Xavi for the most appearances in a Barcelona shirt.
Also, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has now scored 20 goals for Barcelona this season in the topflight.
However, Messi and eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the top 3 candidates shortlisted for the prestigious award for 2021.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the awards for more than a decade with the duo splitting between themselves 11 awards as the Argentine won it six times while his Portuguese counterpart has scooped it five times.
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The likes of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne would also have also been in the race for the individual trophy as many had tipped the Bayern Munich star to win it out rightly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has stated that having a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo is something to cherish, adding that it is a privilege.
Ronaldo shrugged-off a bad performance in the Champions League earlier in the week to score a 32-minute hat-trick in the Serie A against Cagliari as they keep their league title hopes alive.
The Portuguese striker was heavily criticised over the two legs against FC Porto with many accusing him of betraying his team-mates when it mattered most.
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