Messi greets Pedri, after signing Barcelona's first goal against Huesca.Toni Albir / EFE
In the 2008-2009 season, Pep Guardiola's first on the Barcelona bench, Lionel Messi surpassed the 20-goal line in LaLiga: he signed 23. Since then, in the last thirteen seasons, the 10 has never lowered its own bar. It has never dropped below twenty targets per campaign. His record is 50, in the 2011-2012 academic year, and this Monday, after his two goals against Huesca, he already has 21 in this LaLiga. He is the top gunner, also the best assistant (seven), after the center that placed Mingueza for the youth squad to debut as a scorer in the first team. For Messi, in any case, no brand was more special than reaching Xavi Hernández as the player who has worn the Barcelona shirt the most times: 767.
“Nothing more can be said about Messi,” Ronald Koeman stressed. “The level he has shown for so many years, for so many games… He is the most important player in the history of Barça. Luckily he's still with us ”, added the Barcelona coach. "Messi? They play with one more player, ”said Huesca striker Rafa Mir, who passed through the Barcelona quarry. The Argentine surprises veterans and youngsters, rivals and teammates. “Playing with Leo is a joy. I enjoy every day with him. Also in training. Is the best. Every time he touches the ball, something can happen, ”Pedri said. A special day for the young Barcelona player: he joined the call-up of the Spanish team for the first time. “For me it is a pride to represent our country. Not everyone gets it. I was with my parents waiting to see if Luis Enrique would give me the opportunity. Now it's my turn to continue working, ”said the Canarian midfielder.
Record for Messi, call for Pedri, joy for Koeman. Barcelona is already four points behind the leader, Atlético de Madrid. “We are in a very good dynamic. We knew the leader had punctured. We wanted to get closer. It's a punch up the table. We did not want to give up anything for lost ”, explained Pedri.
In the last 17 games, Barcelona have added 14 wins and three draws. “I have always said that there was a lot of League. We have lost points, but we have reacted well. Now we can't lose anymore. We have improved things: we are more effective and we make fewer mistakes on defense. The team is well placed on the pitch and has a lot of confidence. The system of three centrals has given us more strength in defense ”, concluded the Barça coach.
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