Leo Messi has scored seven goals in finals against Athletic Club / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Defeat in the Spanish Super Cup still did not stop Leo Messi from setting yet another record. His goal in the 43rd minute of the second leg was his 11th overall in the annual curtain-raiser to the Spanish season. He was already the leading goalscorer in the competition, already way ahead of second-placed Raul (7 goals), and former Barça stars Begiristain and Stoitchkov (both with 6).

His goal against Athletic Club makes him the first player to find the target in five different editions of the Spanish Super Cup. He also got on the scoresheet in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Goals in five competitions

The goal also means he is still on course to repeat his feat of 2011, when he scored in all six competitions in which Barça featured. The only other man to have managed to do that is his team-mate Pedro, in that wonderful year of 2009.

Leo Messi has scored a total of 25 goals in different finals over the years, and no fewer than seven of those have been against Athletic Club. But Monday’s goal, unfortunately, was not enough to win him and his team another trophy.

Called up by Argentina

Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano have both been named in Gerard Martino’s squad for the forthcoming Argentina friendlies. The first of these is on September 4 in Houston against Bolivia and the second is in Dallas on September 8 against Mexico.

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