Sunday, 15 April 2012

41 La Liga Goals for Messi

Messi scored both goals last night in Barcelona's 2-1 win away to at Levante. Barcelona trailed 1-0 until the 64th minute, when Messi played a brilliant one-two with Alexis Sanchez and then stroked the ball into the corner of the net. The goal gave Barcelona the belief that they needed, as Levante had put in a very impressive defensive display up until that point. Messi's second goal came from the penalty spot after Cuenca was fouled inside the box.

The win means that Barcelona will host Real Madrid next Saturday in El Clasico only 4 points behind. Barcelona have now won 11 matches in a row in La Liga. Messi and Ronaldo will go into next weekend's Clasico both on 41 league goals this season, already a record in Spanish football. The match comes between the two legs of both side's Champions League Semi-Finals, and it is now a huge week and a half for both sides.

Lionel Messi has now scored 63 goals this season in all competitions. He needs 5 more this season to break Gerd Muller's all-time record of 67 goals in one season.

To watch the goals, head over to our Lionel Messi Videos page.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Messi gets to 60 goals

Messi 60 goals

Last night during Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Zaragoza, Lionel Messi scored two more goals to take his season total in all competitions to 60 goals. Messi also regained the lead in the race for the Pichichi. Cristiano Ronaldo has 37 league goals this season, while Messi now has 38.

Messi's first goal last night came after a pass from Alexis Sanchez. Messi beat the last defender and rifled a shot high into the top left-hand corner. The goal put Barcelona 2-1 ahead, after they had gone behind to Zaragoza after 30 minutes. Messi's second goal came from the penalty spot after Sanchez was brought down inside the box. Messi smashed the penalty high and straight down the middle of the goal to bring his amazing goal tally to 60.

If Barcelona reach the Final of the Champions League, Messi could play in another 11 matches this season, giving him ample opportunity to raise his goalscoring total even higher!

To watch the goals, head over to our Lionel Messi Videos page.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Barcelona 3-1 Milan - Messi Stats

Last night Messi played for 90 minutes in Barcelona's win over AC Milan, scoring two goals. Over the course of the match Barcelona had 61% possession, which was actually less than they managed away from home in the first leg. Barcelona had 21 shots, while Milan only managed 3. In fact, AC Milan scored with the only shot on target that they had.

Messi had 9 shots himself, 5 of them were on target and he scored with his 2 penalties. He completed 94% of his passes and created 4 chances for his team-mates. Messi and Iniesta completed the most passes in the attacking third of the pitch, 29 each.

Barcelona won the tie 3-1 on aggregate and have progressed to the Champions League Semi-Finals for the fifth season in a row. They will play the winner of Chelsea v Benfica. The first leg will be away on 18 April 2012 and the second leg will take place on 24 April 2012 at the Camp Nou.

Messi scores twice as Barcelona beat Milan

Lionel Messi scored two penalties last night in Barcelona's Champions League Quarter-Final second leg tie with AC Milan. Messi himself was brought down in the box by Antonini for the first penalty, which he dispatched to the goalkeeper's right. The second penalty was given when Nesta was pulling Sergio Busquets' shirt inside the area at a corner, this time Messi struck the penalty into the opposite corner.

Andres Iniesta got Barcelona's third goal, and while Milan did look dangerous at times, Barcelona always looked to have the game under control. Barcelona are now in the Semi-Finals for the fifth straight year, and they will face either Chelsea or Benfica.

To see Messi's latest goals and more, check out our Lionel Messi Videos page.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Messi scores in Barcelona 2-0 win

Barcelona made it 8 wins in a row in La Liga with a 2-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao. The away side had rested Muniain and Llorente, as they have a big game coming up on Thursday at home to Schalke in the Quarter-Finals of the Europa League. The win for Barcelona kept the Catalans 6 points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi played the whole game and set up Andres Iniesta for the first goal. In the second half, Tello was brought down in the box, and Messi scored from the penalty spot. Lionel Messi now has 36 goals and 13 assists in La Liga this season. Both goals can be seen in the video below: