Wednesday 17 January 2018

Messi on brink of completing yet another La Liga milestone

Joseph Wilson

LIONEL MESSI will claim yet another record if he scores for Barcelona against Celta Vigo today and so becomes the first player to score against every other team in La Liga in consecutive order.

Barcelona's all-time leading scorer netted a record 73 goals in all competitions last season, and has 55 so far this campaign.

Messi is on a record run of scoring in 18 straight league matches. The last time he failed to score in the league was November 3 when Barcelona didn't need his goals to beat Celta 3-1.

Because the La Liga season is scheduled with the teams playing each other in exact order, Messi has scored against every other team in Spain since then. The Argentinian has scored 28 goals in that run and has a league-leading 42 for the season after 28 games. He holds the league record of 50 goals from last season and now has 10 matches left to try and better it.

The 25-year-old Messi started his scoring run by striking twice in Barcelona's 4-2 win at Mallorca. Ten games later, he broke the old milestone held by Barcelona's Mariano Martin (1942-43) and Madrid's Ronaldo (1996-97) by scoring four against Osasuna in a 5-1 rout on January 27.

Against a Celta team in second-last place with one win in their last 10 games and without suspended striker Iago Aspas, Barcelona's most daunting challenges could be the players' weary legs after their commitments with their national sides and the lure of looking ahead to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against PSG next Tuesday.

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