Messi claims new La Liga record in Barcelona win
Lionel Messi set another La Liga record on Saturday when Barcelona successfully returned to the field.
The leaders have won 4-0 in their first game at Real Mallorca since the campaign was interrupted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after only two minutes before Messi set up Martin Braithwaite for his first Barca goal and then Jordi Alba for the safety of the points.
Messi then added a fourth in the second half of the injury time to score 20 La Liga goals for 2019-20.
The Argentine star is the only player to have scored 20 or more goals in top Spanish division in 12 consecutive seasons.
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Messi's strong performance against Mallorca also resulted in his league assistant record rising to 14 this season. He was both the top scorer and the best assist provider in the La Liga this season.
Before Barcelona's return to the field, club legend Rivaldo emphasized that Messi's workload had to be handled carefully, even though the 32-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Saturday.
"Lionel Messi had some physical problems last week, so there is a lot of debate about whether he plays the whole game for Barcelona in the first game against Mallorca on Saturday," Rivaldo told Betfair.
“Barca are two points ahead of Real Madrid, so the title race is tight. If Barca can retire, they could rest Messi in a couple of games.
"When the fight ends, he may have less chance of resting - maybe only in games that Barca dominates from the first half - but it will be important for Quique Setien to manage his squad well since he won . " It is not just Messi who reaches the first game that is still 100 percent fit after everyone has stopped and it is not easy to continue in the best shape.
“As we know, Messi is always fighting for the 'Pichichi' top scorer in the league and always makes the difference in the team. Therefore he wants to be on the pitch all the time and it is difficult for the manager to change it. He also fights for the Ballon d'Or every season, and he thinks that regularly, so you can't go to Messi and just tell him to rest. "
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