By now, Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring exploits should come as no surprise, but sometimes it’s difficult to stop your jaw from dropping.
The Barcelona forward’s brace against Valencia helped his side to a 4-2 victory in La Liga – standard stuff from one of the greatest players to have played the game.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 19, 2017
But there was something else about this particular contribution that was special…
Lionel Messi has now scored 40+ goals across all competitions in EIGHT consecutive seasons at club level.
Out of this world. 👽 pic.twitter.com/2UYsfWjNM6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 19, 2017
Lionel Messi: Has scored 40+ goals in all competitions for Barcelona for the eighth season in a row #FCBValencia
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 19, 2017
Yes, the double means the Argentinian forward has scored a minimum of 40 club goals for the eighth season running, a quite stunning record which, aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, nobody comes close to.
Messi about to win the Golden Boot playing almost as a midfielder that's something remarkable.
— AJ (@MaximumBarca) March 19, 2017
Messi has scored at least 40 club goals in each of the last 8 seasons pic.twitter.com/5FpcUDGlO9
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) March 19, 2017
Messi has quite the record against Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, as this Barcelona video demonstrates.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 20, 2017
And while the 40-goal statistic is mind-boggling, this one had us equally bamboozled.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) March 20, 2017
For those asking, Ronaldo has scored a minimum of 40 club goals for six seasons in a row, but currently has just 26 for the season – does he have 14 more goals in him?