With his 36 goals, Messi has been rewarded for his goalscoring exploits by clinching his sixth Golden Shoe award.
The Golden Shoe award is given to the top goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues, which include the English Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga, Serie A and France’s Ligue 1.
What’s more, the Argentine has also scored a total of 51 goals in his 49 games all season.
This means that the Barcelona mainstay has now scored 50-plus goals for the sixth time in his career.
While Barcelona may have suffered a dismal end to the season, courtesy of Liverpool’s Champions League exploits, Messi has shown no signs of slowing down with age.
The 2018-19 season has been the 32-year-old’s fifth 35-plus goal season. Naturally, he also clinched the Pichichi award in LaLiga in 2018-19, as he raced to his 36 goals in the league.
In doing so, Messi has also equalled Telmo Zarra’s all-time record of six seasons as the top goalscorer in LaLiga; a record which has stood since 1953.
Having missed out on the Champions League last season, the Blaugrana will be hoping that the Argentinian star continues his goalscoring exploits this time around too.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are second on the table, courtesy of Real Madrid’s draw against Atletico Madrid.
Just two points separate the league leaders from Barcelona for now, with Diego Simeone’s Atletico trailing Barcelona by the margin of a single point.