Messi sets new La Liga assist record as Barcelona beats Alaves 5-0

Messi sets new La Liga assist record as Barcelona beats Alaves 5-0

- Alaves vs Barcelona ended in a rout for the hosts while Messi set a new La Liga record

- The Argentine ended the season with 21 assists, breaking Xavi's record

- Barcelona defeated the home team 5-0 with Messi also getting a brace

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Lionel Messi smashed a Spanish La Liga record on Sunday after he set up Ansu Fati for Barcelona's open in their 5-0 rout of Deportivo Alaves

The Argentine set a new record for most assists in La Liga in a single season, surpassing former Barcelona team-mate Xavi in the process.

It was Messi's 21st in the league this season, breaking the record his former team-mate Xavi set in 2008-09.

The first goal of the encounter came in the 24th minute when Messi received a ball in space on the right-wing and tried to play a cross that was deflected, but Ansu Fati was quicker than the Alavés defence to slot the ball home.

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And 10 minutes later, a great combination between Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig on the left eventually found Messi who had an easy tap-in to make it 2-0.

Luis Suarez made it 3-0 just before half-time as both teams went into the break with the Blaugrana holding a convincing lead.

In the 57th minute, another assist found Riqui Puig found Semedo in a great position and the full-back fires a rocket into the top corner, what a goal that was. The end result was 4-0 to the visitors.

Lionel Messi eventually completed his brace after another beautiful team goal thanks to genius movement and passing by De Jong, a second excellent assist for Alba and a second goal for Messi.

What a performance! It ended Alaves 0-5 Barcelona.

Alaves vs Barcelona: Sensational Lionel Messi sets new Spanish La Liga assists record
Alaves vs Barcelona: Messi sets new La Liga record. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi did not hold back in his fierce criticism against his side after a lowly defeat to Osasuna confirmed an end to their La Liga title reign.

The Catalan giants succumbed to their sixth defeat of the season on Thursday night with Messi typically leaving mouths agape with a stunning free-kick but it was not enough to salvage their season.

In fact, regardless of the outcome of the game, Real Madrid was always going to secure the league title with a positive result against Villarreal.

Speaking after the match, an agitated Messi criticised his side’s overall 2019/2020 campaign insisting his side were simply “not good enough”.

"We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team… We lost a lot of points and today's game is a summary of the season,” he started.

In a quite unnerving post-match interview with Movistar+, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was adamant his team’s performances this season were almost not good enough for the Champions League.

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