Leo Messi’s goal against Alavés means he ends 2019 with 50 goals for Barça and Argentina, the ninth time in the last ten calendar years that he has reached a half century. In 2013 he missed out by scoring ‘only’ 45 times, but he has now completed a sixth year in a row with 50+ goals
|YEAR||GOALS||GOALS BARÇA AND ARGENTINA|
|2010||60 goals||58 Barça 2 Argentina|
|2011||59 goals||55 Barça 4 Argentina|
|2012||91 goals||79 Barça 12 Argentina|
|2013||45 goals||39 Barça 6 Argentina|
|2014||58 goals||50 Barça 8 Argentina|
|2015||52 goals||48 Barça 4 Argentina|
|2016||59 goals||51 Barça 8 Argentina|
|2017||54 goals||50 Barça 4 Argentina|
|2018||51 goals||47 Barça 4 Argentina|
|2019||50 goals||45 Barça 5 Argentina|
The goal also moves Messi to 13 goals and top of the Liga goalscoring charts, a feat that is especially impressive considering he missed the first four games of the campaign through injury.
He was also top of the assists ranking until today, but Luis Suárez provided no fewer than three in today’s game and joins the Argentinian on six.