Lionel Messi breaks Xavi’s La Liga assist record

Lionel Messi reaches 700-goal mark in his career for Barcelona and Argentina combined

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The Catalan forward, Lionel Messi broke his former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi’s record for most assists in a La-Liga season. The Argentine international achieved the feat when he dropped the ball into the feet of generational talent, Ansu Fati on Sunday.

After losing the closely contested title race to Real Madrid, Barcelona faced Deportivo Alaves on the last day of the pandemic affected season. Barcelona thrashed Alaves with a scoreline of 5-0.

The Argentine international matched the record of Xavi’s assists in the previous week with the 20th assist of the season against Real Valladolid. Barcelona were victorious by a margin of one goal against the battling side. The Spanish midfielder, Xavi held the record of most assists in a season when he had 20 assists in 2008/09. However, no player had broken the record and now his former teammate, Lionel Messi broke the record.

In the game against Deportivo Alaves, Lionel Messi not only added an assist but also scored twice to go five goals ahead of Los Blancos striker, Karim Benzema. In the 2019/20 season, Lionel Messi has 25 goals and 21 assists to his name.

In the due process, Lionel Messi clinched the Pichichi Trophy, which is given to the Spanish top-flight’s top scorer. The Argentine clinched the trophy for the seventh time in his career after the French striker couldn’t find the back of the net against Leganes on the final matchday.

After losing the Spanish La Liga title to Real Madrid with a difference of seven points, Quique Setien’s Barcelona will hope to clinch the Champions League trophy. However, the legend has warned the side to pick their form and change their attitude when they face Napoli. Barcelona will face Chelsea or Bayern Munich if they emerge victorious against the Italian outfit in the second leg of the knockout stage.