With nine goals, he's now tied for the lead in the leading goalscorer chart with Luis Suárez, Gerard Moreno and Iago Aspas
Did anyone seriously think that Leo Messi wouldn’t be in the chase for the top goalscorer trophy again this year? The Argentinian has presented his candidacy for the Pichichi award with two glorious goals at San Mamés, and on nine he is now matched with former team-mate Luis Suárez (Atlético Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Iago Aspas (Celta). And with a LOT of football still to be played.
First brace at San Mamés
Messi had scored 15 goals against Athletic in the league, six in the cup and three in the Super Cup, but today was the first time he has ever scored three at San Mamés, the old stadium or the new.
Not only that, but he also hit the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed for the narrowest of offside calls, bringing him so very close to becoming the first Barça player to score a hat-trick at the ‘Cathedral’ since Hristo Stoichkov did so in 1991.