Leo Messi scores his second goal against Bayern / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

1) FLYING START. The Argentinian got two goals in the 3-0 win against Elche to get within six of Zarra’s record. It was the fifth consecutive league opener in which Messi found the net.


2) 250 LEAGUE GOALS. Eibar visited the Camp Nou for the first time and Messi scored his 250th goal in 285 league games in a 3-0 win.


3) ALL TIME TOP SCORER IN LA LIGA. He scored a hat trick in the 5-1 demolition of Sevilla to beat Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals, a record many thought was impossible to beat. He has since extended that number to 286.


4) IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TOO. Just three days later he got another hat-trick, this time in the 4-0 win at Apoel FC to move to the top of the Champions League all-time goalscoring chart, a position he currently shares with Ronaldo of Real Madrid, who also has 77 goals.


5) MESSI GETS IT RIGHT. He ended the year with a brace to help Barça beat Cordoba 5-0, scoring both goals with his right foot. In fact, 9 of his last 12 goals of 2014 came off his weaker foot.


6) 30 HAT-TRICKS. Messi made it to another milestone at Riazor in yet another big won, 4-0 over Deportivo.


7) DECISIVE AGAINST BAYERN. Two great goals and one assist in the last quarter of an hour of the Champions League semi-final first leg as good as resolved affairs as Barça beat the Germans 3-0.


8) LIGA WINNER AT THE CALDERÓN. FC Barcelona clinched the first of three titles with another Messi goal as his angled striker beat Atlético’s Oblak to score the only goal of the game.


9) CUP FINAL WONDER. Messi scored twice at the Camp Nou to help beat Athletic 3-1 and win the cup. One of those goals counts among the finest of his career.


10) STAR IN BERLIN. Leo Messi didn’t score in the UCL Final but was one of the outstanding performers as Barça won the trophy for the fifth time. He set up the second goal, which was finished off by Suárez.