A Monday morning in my life these days appears to be just about set in stone. Stand up, breakfast, bathe, stroll the canine after which write about how Lionel Messi reached one other milestone over the weekend.
Nicely, as we speak, as soon as once more, is not any completely different.
Throughout Barcelona’s comeback win, which noticed opponents Deportivo Alaves take a shock lead halfway via the primary half via former Manchester Metropolis flop John Guidetti earlier than Luis Suarez evened issues up with slightly below 20 minutes to go, the Argentine wizard in fact needed to have his say in proceedings.
Regardless of a beneath par efficiency from the Blaugrana, together with full debutant Philippe Coutinho, Ernesto Valverde’s aspect claimed one more three factors of their pursuit of La Liga title, they usually had Messi to thank for it.
With simply over 5 minutes remaining on the clock, the 30-year-old was provided the chance to fit the ball previous helpless goalkeeper Fernando Pachecho from a 20-yard free-kick, and though arguably the best participant to have ever lived lately claimed his motivation is solely staff based mostly, he’ll take nice delight in securing one other private milestone.
With the transformed dead-ball, in response to OptaJose, the attacking maestro overtook rival Cristiano Ronaldo with the best variety of targets from a direct free-kick in La Liga because the 2003/04 season; 21 to 20.
Nonetheless, in addition to that, Messi’s end marked his 20th within the Spanish top-flight this marketing campaign, a outstanding 10th consecutive 12 months he has reached that feat, and considering he has not scored lower than 23 occasions within the league because the 2008/09 time period, I can see my Monday mornings persevering with in the identical vein for a while.