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After setting up Ousmane Dembele with a precise pass in behind for the opener against Sevilla, Messi struck his 24th goal of the season in a 2-0 win.
Not only did it continue his ridiculous record against Sevilla, it means the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has now been involved in 30+ goals for the 13th consecutive season.
Messi did initially start the season rather slowly by his lofty standards but his form in 2021 has been nothing short of sublime. He's now scored in every one of his last nine games in La Liga and the Champions League since January 6.
In total, the 33-year-old has 14 goals and four assists in all competitions since the turn of the year - completing dispelling the myth that he's slowing down at this late stage of his incredible career.
Lionel Messi's 2021 (so far, after Sevilla):- Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) February 27, 2021
:soccer: - Goals: 14
:a:️ - Assists: 4
:bust_in_silhouette: - Matches (all comps): 14
⏱️ - Minutes: 1148
Average G/A per match: 1.28.
Averages a G/A every 63.77 minute. pic.twitter.com/5Le5wlQis6
Finished lionel messi has the most goals in 2021.- . (@grimptinho) February 27, 2021
Finished lionel messi is the 2nd highest goal scorer in European top 5 leagues.
Not bad for the finished player. :goat::goat: pic.twitter.com/jEQkm3Dfna
Lionel Messi - Season 2020/2021:- TM (@TotalLeoMessi) February 27, 2021
33 G+A in 32 games this season. It's crazy how he has been involved in so many goals without a direct goal contribution and he still has the most G+A this season.
The best player in the world by far :goat: pic.twitter.com/1POhz9wvGT
No player in Europe's top five leagues has scored more goals this year than Messi.
Considering he's not playing in a great Barcelona side and there's been constant speculation surrounding his future, it's not bad at all for a player who is supposedly "not at his best" this term.
"Barca has, without any doubt, the best player in history: Leo Messi," the former Spain boss said.
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