Leo Messi has beaten Xavi Hernadez’s record of 16 assists set in the 2008/09 campaign. With nine games still to go, his pass for Bojan’s goal on Saturday night was the seventeenth time he’s set up a goal in the league this season.
The Argentinean not only leads the team with his 45 goals(27 in La Liga, 8 in the Champions League
and 3 in the Super Cup) – he’s also become the leading provider.
21 in all competitions
In addition to his assists in La Liga, Messi has has also provided two passes for
goals in both the Champions League and the Super Cup. In the 2008/09 season Xavi Hernández had 16
assists in La Liga, as well as 6 in the Cup and 1 in the Champions League – the cross for
Messi’s goal against Manchester United in Rome – whilst Messi had just 10 assists in
all competitions that campaign and 9, all in La Liga, last season.
The most important ones
Messi’s most important assist in the Spanish Cup this season was
the ball he sent through for Erixc Abidal to score from at San Mames. It was the French
defender’s first goal for the Club and ensured a quarter final spot.
In La Liga, Messi has set up so many, but the two through balls for David Villa to score the
third and fourth goals against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp certainly deserve mention.
In Europe, of the two assists he’s made it is the one against Arsenal to set up David
Villa at the Emirates which has been the most important – so far!