Saturday , July 2 2022

Lionel Messi closed another year of incredible scoring – 12/22/2018


He had already had relevant involvement in the first goal against Celta, within 10 minutes. The top left, the goalkeeper, Rubén Blanco who was repayed and Ousmane Dembelé took advantage. But there was more Lionel Messi, of course. There's always more. About half the first half, after a great pass by Jordi Alba – at this point, one of the best partners of the rosarino crack – which is simply impossible, at the center's position on. He reiterated the feeling of his celebration, moving to the sky, to the Celia grandmother. On the side, the usual thing happened: the homage of and blames at the Nou Camp.

This time did not set any record. But it was not far from another brand that defined it: He finished his calendar year with 51 goals in 53 games, between his club and the National Team. For now, he is the highest scorer of 2018. The details take place a handful of days after receiving the fifth Gold Boot, a career.

Robert Lewandowski, with 48, follows. This Saturday in the 3-0 of Bayern Munich against Frankfurt was not scoring. The only one that can be reached is Cristiano Ronaldo, from Juventus, which amounts to 46. It will have to make five in the two games that rest of Vecchia Signora: against Atalanta, in Bergamo, and in Sampdoria, in Turin. Last year, only in the last week, the English men Harry Kane exceeded him.

Its continuation is striking: He has nine consecutive quotes converting over 40 goals between all the official competitions with Catalan giants. The highest point was the 11/12 campaign where there were 73 goals in 60 games. It's a nod engine. And also the game: in his tour around the club, he adds 225 help.

It's up to date for this 2018: the face of the disappointment lived with the ones that were chosen. Eliminate in the second round of the World Cup in Russia, against France, it's obviously scarce. However, the pain did not move to a game. Messi, after the competition, is still a Messi. Even if they do not give him the Golden Ball or The Best of FIFA, the Croatian Luka Modrid won this time.

This time, before Celta, without glitter of so many memorable days and evenings, with performance He got to be the most influential player on the court, again the figure. As well as his goal, he combined as the top scorer of this season of the Spanish League, with 15 goals, four more than Cristian Stuani (from Girona) and his teammate Luis Suárez . He goes for his sixth Pichichi. He wants to match the Telmo Zarra record.

With first-time flashing, with always firm Messi contributions, with the increasing defensive disorder (despite their defender's multiple injuries, not receiving goals in the last four days), Barcelona won 2-0 and He was the only leader, with three points in front of Atlético de Madrid.

"We have not had a hard time," was the summary offered by coach Ernesto Valverde about the game under the Catalan sky. Reality in its pure state. That was the second half that appeared to be a total for statistics. Barcelona dosing efforts; The Celta demonstrated its limitations. Gender somehow, it was about bureaucratic victory, illuminated by those magical moments offered by Messi. As many times. Almost always …

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