Whatever the Ballon d’Or may reckon, there is no one better than Lionel Messi and perhaps the Argentinian genius’ only drawback is that individual displays of brilliance as showed on Sunday are all too common place. Messi struck his 49th career hat-trick, took his tally for 2018 to 50 and added a couple of further assists as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0.
What for any ordinary player would be a performance that would highlight a career for Messi was just another Sunday in LaLiga and with the win Barça went back to the top of the table.
The scoreline doesn’t quite illustrate the problems that Levante posed in the opening stages and Emmanuel Boateng actually smashed a shot against the crossbar before Messi took control. Dancing across the penalty area away from three defenders, the captain deftly crossed the ball back into the centre and Luis Suarez volleyed in the opener.
1 – Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top five European leagues this season. Celestial. pic.twitter.com/CGebViSpXy
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 16, 2018