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07.12.2009 13:27

Ballon d'Or – and head

Jesús Carrillo

Against Deportivo, Leo Messi scored his second header of the season so far. He’s now scored as many times with his head this term as he did in the whole of last season, and there’s still more than six months to go.

So far the Argentine has racked up five headed goals for Barça’s first team. The first came in the 2005/06 season in a Cup fixture against Zaragoza at Camp Nou (2-1) and last year he notched another at El Molinón (1-6).

Great header

ZUERAS_FC.BARCELONA_-_MANCHESTER_UNITED_FINAL_CHAMPIONS_27-05-09_081.JPGHis second last season came in the final of the Champions League in Rome against Manchester United. United keeper Van der Sar could only watch as Messi stole between Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown to meet Xavi’s cross and wrap things up for the Catalans.

Two more against Getafe and Coruña

GETAFE-FCB_x20x.JPGThis term Messi has already headed home the same number of times as last season. At the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe (0-2) and at Riazor (1-3), Messi met centres from Ibrahimovic and Pedro respectively. Oddly enough both came in the second half and in Barça’s second strip.

Four braces

Plus away at Deportivo Messi hit his fourth brace of the season so far. The first came in the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Bilbao at Camp Nou (3-0), the second in the League against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou (5-2) and the third at El Sardinero (1-4). Messi is the team’s top goalscorer.
Ballon d'Or – and head
In four competitions
The Argentine has found the net in four of the five competitions Barça has played in: the Spanish Super Cup, League, King’s Cup and Champions League.

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