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Lionel Messi makes La Liga history with 20th assist of the season

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The Barcelona captain’s numbers are extraordinary

Real Valladolid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi made yet more history on Saturday night by becoming the first player to hit 20 goals and assists in a single season in La Liga.

The Barcelona captain set up Arturo Vidal for the only goal of the game, notching his 20th assist of the campaign to go with his 22 goals.

No player has ever managed those kind of numbers in La Liga before. In fact it’s only been done once before in Europe’s top leagues, when Thierry Henry managed it in the Premier League with Arsenal before his move to the Camp Nou.

Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player to reach 20 assists in a single top-flight campaign since Xavi did it all the way back in 2008-09.

It’s another extraordinary achievement by Messi who may not be done quite yet either, as Barcelona still have games to come against Osasuna and Alaves.

The captain’s played every minute so far since the restart and is unlikely to be rested while the title is still mathematically possible.