Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi set an outright record for the quantity of assists in a single La Liga year as he set up teammate Ansu Fati for the opener in the Catalans’ La Liga encounter away at Alaves.

Barcelona experienced the agony of looking at their two-12 months reign as Spanish champions appear to an close on Thursday when they slumped to a household defeat towards Osasuna and Authentic Madrid defeat Villarreal, but Quique Setien’s team had been on the lookout to close the league year on a superior as they traveled to having difficulties Alaves.

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The visitors obtained off to a brief start off, rattling the woodwork a few times – including a remaining-footed hard work from the edge of the box from Messi – just before they made the breakthrough in the 24th moment as a result of teenage feeling Fati.

Messi was the orchestrator, dinking a cross into the box from the correct – via a slight deflection – which Fati swept household for the 17-12 months-old’s seventh league target of the year.

It was a milestone for Messi, who recorded a 21st aid of the present La Liga campaign – shifting him one particular ahead of previous teammate Xavi as the outright record-holder.

It was not long just before Messi himself obtained on the scoresheet, amassing a Riqui Puig pass and firing minimal into the corner in the 34th moment for his 24th target of the year. 

The strike edged Messi further more in entrance of French hitman Karim Benzema in the Pichichi Trophy stakes for La Liga top rated-scorer, with the Authentic Madrid ahead on 21 strikes. 

Past weekend Messi joined Thierry Henry as the only players this century to have registered 20 or a lot more plans and assists in the very same year.

Henry obtained the feat while at Arsenal, scoring in the 24 plans and offering 20 assists in the 2002/03 Leading League year.

Barcelona added a 3rd just just before the split at Alaves, with Luis Suarez heading household a Jordi Alba cross.