Lionel Messi bagged another brace in Saturday's win over Real Sociedad, helping Barcelona to a vital 3-2 win as the club tryto run down Real Madrid and the title in La Liga.
The Argentine has now scored 29 times in the league this season, but it's the importance of his goals that really stands out.
17 - Lionel Messi has won more points with his goals than any other player in La Liga this season (17 points with 29 goals). Vital. pic.twitter.com/bOEPRugQOh— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 15, 2017
Barcelona's superstar has picked up 17 points for his team with those 29 strikes, more than any other player in Spain's top flight, begging the question of exactly where Barca would be without him.
And for anybody wondering if Messi is just benefiting from the service around him, take into account that he's also scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season.
7 - Lionel Messi has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this season. Torpedo. pic.twitter.com/ZeeCUaYRzV— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 15, 2017
The Catalans will need Messi at his brilliant best over the next week, with Barcelona looking to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals midweek before the crunch Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend.