Lionel Messi Became The First La Liga Player To Receive 10/10 WhoScored Rating This Season
Lionel Messi received a 10/10 rating for his performance in Barcelona's 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla last night - becoming the first player in La Liga to achieve the score this term.
Injuries have disrupted the Argentine's start to the campaign but having produced a stunning assist to set up Luis Suarez's winner against Inter Milan in midweek, Messi properly got going last night.
The recently crowned FIFA Men's Best Player produced a wonderful display in the rout at the Nou Camp, completing a record 10 dribbles and opening his account for the season with a typically brilliant 25-yard free-kick into the top bins to cap off a fine performance.
It was his 100th goal outside of the box for Barcelona, his 420th La Liga goal in 455 matches, while the sublime strike also saw him become the first player to score in 16 consecutive Spanish top flight seasons.
And a mesmeric night's work was enough for Messi to earn WhoScored's perfect rating. The rest of his teammates were mainly given seven and eights but Messi, as he so often is, was on a different level.
Lionel Messi: Completed 10 dribbles in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Sevilla, a record in a LaLiga match this season; He is also the first player to land a perfect WhoScored 10 rating in a LaLiga game- WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 7, 2019
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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is no stranger to being given a 10/10. Of the 10 players to have been given a 10/10 rating from French newspaper L'Equipe, Messi is the only player to have the 10/10 rating bestowed upon him on more than one occasion and when you see the two displays, it's hard to argue.
The first came in 2010 when Messi single-handedly blitzed Arsenal in the Champions League, scoring four goals and prompting Arsene Wenger to describe him as "a PlayStation player".
Then, just two years later, he came up with an even better individual performance on a Champions League night at the Nou Camp when he smashed FIVE goals past Bayer Leverkusen in a 7-1 annihilation.