Last summer, Lionel Messi officially left Barcelona club after 21 years of association. The Argentine superstar did not stay in Spain but went to France to join Paris St Germain.
That also means that after many years La Liga does not have a brand with the leading appeal of world football, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. Losing Messi, La Liga not only lost a significant following, but they also lost one of the greatest strikers in the history of the tournament.
One of Messi’s “craziest” records is a series of 21 consecutive goals in La Liga (from round 11 to round 34 of the 2012/13 season) with 34 goals, perhaps an unprecedented record. of La Liga and the world of football. He also holds countless La Liga records such as winning the most titles of top scorer (8 times), scoring the most goals in 1 season (50 goals, 2011/12). Messi is also the only player until now who is both the top scorer and the king of assists in La Liga. He even did this 3 times.
Messi is the greatest player in La Liga history
The Argentine superstar also holds the record for scoring against the most teams in La Liga with 38 teams, scoring the most direct free kicks in the tournament’s history with 38 goals. In addition, he is also the player with the most wins in the history of the tournament (383 matches). Messi’s records in La Liga are many, reflecting how great the Argentine superstar is with Barcelona.
15 of the 20 teams currently playing in La Liga share the same fear of Messi. Alaves, Athletic, Atletico Madrid, Betis, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal all breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing of Messi’s departure.
Ironically, the most successful teams in La Liga are the ones that suffer the most at Messi’s feet. They are the teams that have not been relegated during Messi’s years in Spain. That also means that Messi will have more opportunities to confront these favorite “prey”.
Sevilla is Messi’s favorite opponent. He had 30 times to concede this opponent. Meanwhile Valencia is in second place with 27 goals, Atletico Madrid is third with 26 goals. Levante and Osasuna both let Messi score 23 goals during his Barcelona career.
Now, other players have to take Messi’s place. Players like Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez and Iago Aspas are strong contenders for the Pichichi title this season.
Messi is the obsession of 15/20 teams in La Liga 2021/2022
Only a few teams can claim that Messi is not the player who has scored the most goals against them. For example, Cadiz was the team conceded the most by Hugo Sanchez with 14 goals in the 80s to early 90s. While Elche was still obsessed with Ferenc Puskas, who scored 12 goals against them. It is also understandable because these two opponents did not have many opportunities to play in La Liga when Messi was still at Barca, so he did not have the opportunity to turn them into favorite prey.
At one time, La Liga was the navel of the football universe, attracting the best players. Currently, every transfer season, instead of welcoming the new superstar to join, people only see separations. Not to mention stars like Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann have lost themselves in the past year. Meanwhile, young talents are able to adapt to new environments. The generation of veterans like Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, Ivan Rakitic, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric is old and doesn’t have many opportunities to show anymore.
The shadow of Messi and the goals he left for La Liga is too big. It will take many, many years for the tournament to find someone who matches or is level enough to compare with Messi’s records.