Opinion: Lionel Messi is the King of La Liga

Lionel Messi has played yet another amazing season, guiding Barcelona to the 26th La Liga title in the history of the club.

The Argentine forward scored the winner against Levante on Saturday night, clinching another La Liga crown for Barcelona – their fourth in the last five years.

It was Messi’s 10th title in the competition, leveling himself with Real Madrid’s legendary midfielder Jose Pirri in the second place on the all time table.

Another Madrid great, Paco Gento with 12 trophies is the only player who has won more Spanish Championships than the Catalans’ No. 10, but we believe it is just a matter of time before Leo breaks his record, which stands for the past 50 years.

Even if he doesn’t, Lionel Messi has already proven that he is the undisputed King of La Liga. The Argentine is the all-time top scorer of the competition, scoring 417 goals and counting in his career so far.

His biggest rival and the second-placed on the all-time scorers’ table, Cristiano Ronaldo finished his spell in Spain with 311, which is more than a hundred goal less than the Barcelona captain.

Messi holds the record for most goals scored in a single campaign in Spanish La Liga with 50 goals in 2011-12. He also set the Guinness World Record as top goalscorer for club and country in a calendar year, netting 91 times in 2012.

The Argentine scored in 21 consecutive La Liga games during the 2012-13 campaign, setting the record for longest goalscoring run in any domestic league in Europe.

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His winner against Levante was his 34th of the season – he has scored at least 13 goals more than any other player in the Spanish League. Leo Messi is on his way to winning his sixth Pichichi Trophy, which would see him equal the record of Athletic Bilbao’s legendary striker Telmo Zarra.

He has put the ball to the back of the net against 36 different opponents in La Liga and scored 33 hat-tricks, just one less than Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the Argentine is not only about scoring goals – he has provided 15 assists in the 2018-19 campaign so far, while his total tally of 167 makes him the all-time top assistant in competition.

Messi has been named La Liga Player of the Season six times previously – more than any other player in the history of Spanish football. He hasn’t won the award since 2015, but the Barcelona forward is a clear favorite to win his seventh at the end of the current season.

What do you think about Leo Messi’s achievements in Spanish La Liga? Is he going to break Paco Gento’s record of 12 titles won in the competition? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

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