Barcelona captain Lionel Messi reached another record in victory at Real Valladolid yesterday.
The Daily Mail reports Messi added another record to his incredible career on Saturday as he became the first player in the history of La Liga to score 20 and assist 20 goals or more in the same season.
The club’s all-time top scorer set up Arturo Vidal to ease Barca nerves as the reigning champions scored a 15th-minute opener that proved decisive at Real Valladolid.
Former teammate Thierry Henry is the only other player to have reached the landmark in Europe’s top five leagues in the 21st century, scoring 24 and assisting 20 for Arsenal in the 2002/03 Premier League season.
The last player to provide 20 assists in La Liga also played for Barcelona, as former midfielder Xavi proved his creative brilliance during the 2008/09 campaign.