After opening the scoring with a stunning free-kick away to Catalan rivals Espanyol, Lionel Messi has set yet another LaLiga record.
Lionel Messi wrote a fresh chapter in the LaLiga history books as the Barcelona captain set another record in his side's Catalan derby clash away to Espanyol.
Messi opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick at RCDE Stadium on Saturday, as Ernesto Valverde's men looked to open up a three-point lead atop the table. And he added to that with another equally good free-kick in the second half, to make it 0-4, what would go on to be the final score.
His opening goal took Messi to 10 for the season already in the league this term, becoming the first player to hit the landmark in 13 consecutive LaLiga seasons.
Messi's second free-kick was also the ninth set-piece he has scored this year in LaLiga, four more than any team in Europe's top-five leagues have collectively managed .
The Argentina star finished fifth in this week's Ballon d'Or voting behind Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and winner Luka Modric, and was later criticised by Pelé for only having one foot. The performance against Espanyol seemed very much to be his response.