It seems that barely a week can go by where Lionel Messi does not break some sort of record or reach a significant landmark. His latest achievement, against Granada on Saturday, was to net his 300th and 301st goals. In doing so he has now scored in fourteen consecutive La Liga matches, more than any other player in the history of the league.
It wasn’t as easy a game as many had expected. Granada (who have been struggling this season, but have recently improved their fortunes having hired a new manager) took a surprise lead courtesy of Odion Ighalo and went in at half time 1-0 to the good. The second half was a different story: ‘The Messi Show’. 5 minutes in and Messi was on the score sheet. Granada goalkeeper Tono could only parry a long ranged effort from long range. Messi was at hand to tap in the rebound. It hardly seemed like a goal befitting of his 300th goal for Barcelona, but they all count.
Messi’s second of the night (his 301st in total) was more impressive altogether. The Argentine curled in a free kick from outside the box. Tono barely stood a chance.
While some purists might argue that the goal order should have been reversed to allow Messi’s 300th strike to be more memorable, Barcelona took the three points, putting themselves 15 clear of Athletico Madrid at the top of the table.
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