Messi certainly put his boots on show against Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, with two goals and two assists, and the day after it’s happening again. This time it’s to honour his league 36 goals last season, and which earned yet another European Golden Shoe.
He collected the trophy last October 16 for a record SIXTH time (following on from 2009/10 - 34 goals; 2011/12 -50 goals; 2012/13 – 46 goals ; 2016/17 – 37 goals and 2017/18 – 34 goals) and today donated it for display in the FC Barcelona Museum.
In all competitions, Messi broke the 50-goal barrier for the seventh time in his career last season.
This season got off to an injury-plagued start, but he is back to full fitness and once again firing on all cylinders, with four goals in five games. Against Valladolid he was up to all his old tricks, with dazzling runs, cheeky nutmegs, immaculate assists and two superb goals, including his 50th career goal from a free kick. When Messi plays like that, opponents simply have no chance.