5 incredible records Lionel Messi set in the 2018/2019 season
While the club might have won La Liga for the 26th time in their history, their underperformance on the continent as well as shock loss in the Copa final means that the season would be classified as something of a failure.
Few weeks ago, the Blaugrana had their sights genuinely set on completing the treble for the third time in the last decade, but at the conclusion of the season have only the league title to show for their efforts.
As expected, Barcelona's charge was led on all fronts by Lionel Messi, with the Argentine icon scoring 51 goals and registering 19 assists from 50 matches in all competitions to crown another successful season on an individual level.
The 31-year-old is no stranger to breaking records, having set the bar so high with his performances in the last decade that he has totally redefined what it takes to be considered a football great in the modern game.
While Barcelona as a collective might be disappointed with how the season panned out for them, on a personal level, Lionel Messi had a productive campaign. In this piece, we shall be highlighting five records which the little magician set during the course of the 2018/2019 season.
#5 First player to score 40+ goals in 10 consecutive seasons
As recently as two decades ago, 25-goal seasons were the norm for good strikers, while 30-goal seasons were reserved for the best of the best. 40-goal seasons were virtually unhear of.
To put this in perspective, legendary forwards of the recent past like Raul, Shevchencko, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Ruud Van Nistelrooy but to name a few never scored 40 goals in a single season, while the great Ronaldo de Lima did so just once in his illustrous career.
Incredibly, Lionel Messi has reached or surpassed the 40-goal mark for the last ten years consecutively, reaching that benchmark for the first time in the 2009-2010 season, scoring 47 goals from 53 matches in all competitions to help Barcelona to a league glory.
He showed that this was no fluke by maintaining his amazing ratio for each of the next ten seasons, with his all-time high coming in the 2011/2012 campaign when he scored 73 goals from just 60 matches which formed the bulk of his record breaking haul of 91 in the 2012 calendar year.
This season, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored 51 goals from 50 matches in all competitions and even though he could not inspire the Blaugrana to continental glory, it takes nothing away from the amazing season he had in front of goal.