Messi celebrates one of his goals against Osasuna / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi has started this season on even better form than ever. The Argentinian has scored five goals in three official matches (two in La Liga and one in the Spanish Supercup), which is even better than his goalscoring stats for other seasons. In the first three official games in previous seasons, four has been his best tally, achieved in both 2011/12 and 2010/11.

This great start in official matches follows on from his best ever stats for the preseason. Despite missing the first game in Hamburg, the current Ballon d’Or holder scored five goals in the other games.

The Liga goals are flowing for Leo Messi in much the same way as last term. He has actually scored in 15 of the last 17 Liga matches, a total of 31. That means the Argentinian, with a total of 173 goals in the competition, is now hot on the heels of FCB’s all-time highest scorer in the domestic championship, César (190 goals).

Messi’s double against Osasuna (1-2) not only won three crucial points in Pamplona, but also made him the only player to have scored two goals in both of the first games in a Liga season. Nobody has ever done that since the very first season all the way back in 1928/29.


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