Twitter explodes as Lionel Messi breaks yet another La Liga record in Barcelona's victory
Barcelona reduced the gap at the top of the La Liga standings to four points after securing a 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid away from home. Quique Setien's side have all but surrendered the title to Real Madrid this season but kept their hopes alive with a positive result away from home.
With Luis Suarez on the bench, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann lead the line for Barcelona. Messi was once again in the thick of the action and provided his 20th assist of the season in the first half, as he teed up Arturo Vidal in the 15th minute.
The diminutive Argentine became the first player in La Liga and second overall after Thierry Henry to record 20+ goals as well as assists in a single season. Messi scalped another feather in his cap, as he continues to weave his magic for Barcelona.
20 goals and 20 assists in a single league season this century:— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 11, 2020
-Thierry Henry 2002-03
-Leo Messi 2019-20
End of list. pic.twitter.com/A9emiBCfLY
20 - Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the first player to reach 20 assists in a single La Liga season since Xavi (20) in 2008/09. Legend. pic.twitter.com/zRtO2dyEi8— OptaJose (@OptaJose) July 11, 2020
Lionel Messi is now the first player to Record 20+ Goals and Assists in a single season since Thierry Henry in 2003— Ryan (@MessiCFi) July 11, 2020
He is framed as having a "bad season" whilst contributing 42 Goals in 31 League Games. A victim of his own Greatness. pic.twitter.com/VfsYDH0Zkw
Setien's side dominated the game but were unable to find another goal. However, three points is all that mattered, as they secured a positive result away from home.
How many times per game does Suárez genuinely fall over the bell?— TalkFCB (@FCBNewsRoom) July 11, 2020
When Suarez receives the ball from Messi pic.twitter.com/vWHmSyzEtX— Kevin (@BrazilianTrent) July 11, 2020
Piqué one man defense. How I wish he could be more appreciated by this fanbase— fabiano™ (@XaviTempo_) July 11, 2020
📸 - A bit of intensity between Mateu Lahoz & Pique, who spend at least a minute talking to each other. pic.twitter.com/mm7xThJqt6— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) July 11, 2020
Griezmann vs Valladolid highlights|Best French forward 🇫🇷 |£120m bargain🔥| Neymar finally replaced? pic.twitter.com/mkwMDqgmuH— Kylian (@prime_jordan1) July 11, 2020
Griezmann just did a Cristiano today after doing a Messi last match.— Pᴀʀᴋᴇʀ™ × ☢️ (@Robertonical) July 11, 2020
Barcelona are four points behind Real Madrid at the top of the table and look resigned to losing their domestic crown to their arch-rivals.
With just three games left to play, Zinedine Zidane's side look well positioned to win their first La Liga title since 2017.
Source: Opera News