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article imageSoccer: Messi makes history, scoring 19 games in a row for Barca

By Robert Myles     Mar 30, 2013 in Sports
Superlatives and Lionel Messi are no strangers but the Argentine internationalist’s latest exploits for FC Barcelona may have earned him a place in football history for eternity.
Messi today became the first player in the annals of Spanish football to score against every other team in the Spanish top division, La Liga, consecutively.
Messi seems to have been around for ages but, remarkably, the Argentinian forward is aged just 25. That hasn’t stopped him being named the World Player of the Year four times already.
Today Messi again wrote himself into football’s hall of fame as he scored in Barca’s 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo in the Spanish La Liga. Barcelona are already top of the Spanish table, having built up a lead of 13 points over their great rivals Real Madrid who lie second.
In no small measure, Barcelona’s dominance of the Spanish league this year is down to Messi who has scored a total of 56 goals in all competitions this season. But that total, amazing in itself, hides an even more astonishing feat. Messi has now enjoyed a scoring streak of 29 goals in the Spanish league, finding the net in no less than 19 consecutive games. The previous record for scoring in consecutive league games in the Spanish La Liga was a mere 10 games, reports BBC Sport.
Today, Messi scored in the 73rd minute after working a swift one-two with team-mate Cristian Tello, having earlier made a goal which Cristian Tello netted. Praising Messi after the game, Barcelona’s assistant coach Jordi Roura, speaking to the Daily Mail, said,
“What Leo is doing is an unheard of feat in the league's history and it shows the importance he has and his greatness as a player. With time, we will give him even more credit for what he does.”
Messi’s 19 game scoring streak overshadowed another milestone in Spanish football today. In his 100th game under Jose Mourinho's stewardship of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 113th goal but Real made up no ground on their Catalan rivals as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at Zaragoza.
Next up for Barcelona and Messi is a trip to Paris to meet Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday: Messi, Beckham and Ibrahimovic on the same pitch? Such is the stuff of dreams!
The Paris football-going public seem to agree. ESPN reported that when the tickets for the PSG v. Barcelona clash went on sale to the public, the Paris club received between 700,000 and one million applications for the 15,000 places available to fans.
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