Messi, the first double-double in Europe


The Argentine star, with the World Cup on the horizon, gave another Champions League recital and is the only one to have scored at least 10 goals and assists in the five major leagues for another season.

The World Cup in Qatar is getting closer and the players are looking to arrive in the best possible form, and in the case of Leo Messi it will be no different. The Rosario player signs a brilliant start to the season and remembers that footballer who put the Camp Nou on his feet every weekend.

PSG defeated Maccabi Haifa 7-2 on Tuesday evening in a great performance by the Parisian trident. Messi scored two goals and provided two assists, as did Kylian Mbappe. Neymar also sealed his great game with a goal.

With those two goals and two assists, Messi becomes the first player in the five major leagues to hit double digits in both goals and provide assists to his team-mates, most notably 11 goals and 12 assists for the Argentine, as it marks the 16th consecutive season that he achieves this. . To put in a bit of context with his dance partners: Mbappé has 16 goals and only four goal passes. Neymar, who also started the season with the World Cup in his sights, is close in the footsteps of the Argentine with 13 goals and nine assists.

Strikers of the size Haaland and Lewandowski far outnumber the Argentine’s goals, but they fall short on the assisting aspect, pointing to a Messi who continues to score goals and make games at his leisure.

At 35 and just a week after the Ballon d’Or gala where Messi wasn’t even nominated, the Argentine continues to break records and grab covers worldwide. He is already the top goalscorer in Champions League group stage history with 80 goals, and he stalks Cristiano Ronaldo’s overall record for Champions League goals, with 140 goals compared to 129 for La Pulga.

The last train passes through Qatar

With just over three weeks to go before Qatar 2022 kicks off, Messi knows he sees his last big chance to win the World Cup. That trophy the albicelestes so longed for and that would put the ’10’ at the top of the football Olympus. It will not be easy, as there are very powerful teams such as Brazil or France, but the team led by Scaloni has enough weapons to be considered a real contender for the title, something that has not been in the Argentine parish for many years. happened.

This start to the season for Messi is no coincidence. His physical form, his spark and his figures are not typical of a 35-year-old footballer who will live his last appointment with the national team. “Qatar 2022 will definitely be my last World Cup,” Messi himself suggested in a recent interview. “I’m counting down the days until the World Cup starts,” the Argentine also said, with Qatar’s goal between the eyebrows.

Source: La Verdad


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