It’s fair to say Lionel Messi enjoyed El Clasico on Saturday, distracting Mateo Kovacic for the first, scoring the second and setting up the third while only wearing one boot.
Some pretty revealing stats have also popped up after the game and it’s been shown that Messi spent most of the game at the Bernabeu playing at walking pace.
According to El Periodico, his performance has been analysed and found that he walked for 83.1%, ran for 4.95%, sprinted for 1.15% and jogged for 10.8% of the game.
Infographic: Messi wakled for 83% of the Clasico and ran only 4.95% and yet he ended up creating 9 chances, scoring a goal and providing an assist — implying Messi didn’t have to work very hard to lead Barça to victory #fcblive [el periodico] pic.twitter.com/XKWTD58yWp— Barcastuff (@barcastuff__) December 25, 2017
It’s yet another pretty amazing stat for Messi and shows that it’s not always about how fast and how far players run, but far more important to understand when and why.