Another day, another milestone for Lionel Messi. Here we take a look at the statistics behind the Barcelona superstar’s 301 La Liga objectives.
Lionel Messi set but a further record on Wednesday, as he became the first man to break the 300-goal mark in La Liga.
The Barcelona superstar reached his triple-century inside the 25th minute of his side’s 3-1 victory at Sporting Gijon, opening the scoring using a ordinarily unerring left-footed finish from 20 yards.
For good measure, Messi notched his 301st league purpose with yet another clinical strike 16 minutes later. He is now 50 clear of second-placed Telmo Zarra in La Liga’s all-time major scorers’ list.
Right here we take a look at the important statistics behind Messi’s really remarkable goalscoring record:
It has taken Messi just 334 Liga appearances – and 292 starts – to register 301 targets inside the competition, which operates out at an typical of just more than 0.9 targets per game.
How he scored them
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority (240) of Messi’s 301 goals have come from his wand of a left foot, with just 12 being recorded as headers. He even scored once with his hand, against Espanyol in 2011. The 28-year-old has netted 39 penalties and 15 direct free-kicks in La Liga, with 260 of his ambitions coming from inside the penalty area.
Exactly where and when he scored them
172 of Messi’s 301 ambitions happen to be scored at Camp Nou, as well as the Argentina captain appears to choose the second half for the 1st – with 177 of his strikes coming immediately after the interval.
His favourite opponents
Somewhat surprisingly, Atletico Madrid are Messi’s greatest victims, together with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner registering 21 objectives in just 20 Liga appearances against the 2014 champions. Sevilla are not far behind (19 objectives scored in 18 games), when Messi – the all-time major scorer in Clasicos – has netted 15 instances in 19 Liga appearances against Actual Madrid.
Xerez, although, can boast that they’re the only group to possess faced Messi more than after in La Liga without the need of conceding to him. True Murcia, Las Palmas and Cadiz have also managed to keep Messi out in league fixtures.
His partners in crime
Dani Alves leads the way when it comes to assists for Messi, the Brazilian full-back’s total of 26 bettering Barca legend Xavi by 5. Andres Iniesta and Pedro (18 each and every) sit joint third in that list, with all the other members with the famous ‘MSN’ forward line, Luis Suarez (11) and Neymar (ten) also featuring higher up.