Not content with being the greatest footballer on the planet, the top scorer and assister in La Liga this season, plus being at the top of a whole load of other lists it turns out that Lionel Messi also makes a great substitute.
It’s not a job he gets to do very often, but even when he does it, he does it much better than everyone else - well when it comes to scoring goals at least.
21 - Lionel Messi has scored 21 La Liga goals as a substitute, more than any other player in the competition in the 21st century (Walter Pandiani, 20). Impact. pic.twitter.com/LB1oZoPvKp— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 2, 2018
Messi started Saturday’s draw with Sevilla on the bench and has been left out of the starting XI a few times by Ernesto Valverde this season.
He’s currently carrying a hamstring injury so it looks like his minutes will be carefully managed at the moment.
Hopefully he will start Wednesday’s game against Roma, but even if he does have to come off the bench we can be pretty sure he will make an impact.