It was a performance that ensured he reached the figure of 40 goals this season, a mark that he has achieved for the last ten years consecutively. In the 2009/10 season he managed 47 goals in all competitions (2008/09 saw 38), and since then he has always passed 40. The 73 goals he scored during 2011/12 is a historic record, 50 of those coming in La Liga.
This year, he has 31 goals in the League, 2 in the Cup and 8 in the Champions League, being the top scorer both in domestic and European competition.
With at least 12 games left to finish the football season (9 League games, 2 in the Champions League as a minimum and the Cup final), both Messi himself and everyone connected with Barça hopes he can continue pushing up the numbers.