Lionel Messi put on another show on Saturday, scoring twice as Barcelona began their title defence with a 3-0 win over Alaves.
The Argentine opened the scoring with a cheeky little free-kick fired under the wall. It’s also Barcelona’s 6,000th goal scored in La Liga.
The funny thing is, he also scored Barcelona’s 5000th La Liga goals too. And his goal record is even more incredible than you might think, according to Opta:
6.4% - Barcelona have scored 6000 goals in La Liga history, 6.4% of them scored by Lionel Messi (384 goals). Icon. pic.twitter.com/H7DWsEECeg— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 18, 2018
He’s also the first player to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons this century.
15 - Lionel Messi is the first player in La Liga to score in 15 consecutive seasons in the 21st century (385 goals). Critical. pic.twitter.com/JYMXnU2anZ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 18, 2018
He could have had a few more too. He hit the crossbar in the first half with another free-kick, and clipped the post in the second half.