The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has netted an incredible 110 goals and created 30 assists in 110 fixtures in La Liga games on Sundays.
Following Real Madrid’s unceremonious 4-0 defeat to cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid yesterday, Barcelona have the opportunity to close the European champions’ lead at the top of the La Liga table to one point today.
The Catalan side travelled to take on Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, with a valuable three points on offer.
As always, the Camp Nou outfit will rely heavily on superstar Lionel Messi to provide goals and assists for the team.
Messi has started 2015 in blistering form, netting nine goals in his last seven games in all competitions for the Blaugrana.
The Argentine’s personal record against the Basque club is impressive, with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring 14 goals and assisting six more in 20 appearances against Bilbao over the years.
MATCHDAY! Athletic-Barcelona, 22nd round of La Liga, kick-off 21:00 CET pic.twitter.com/1mMIAv6sdr— MESSISTATS (@MessiStats) February 8, 2015
However, more impressive is Messi’s goalscoring and assists record in Sunday La Liga games.
Incredibly, the South American attacker has scored an uncanny 110 goals in 110 domestic games that have been played on Sundays, while assisting 30 more Barcelona goals.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo retaining the Ballon d’Or last month and rumours that Messi could be unsettled at his boyhood club, the Argentine has been in superb form since the turn of the year and clearly has a point to prove this year.
With Ronaldo failing to score against Atletico yesterday, Messi will also want to close the gap in the race to be La Liga’s top scorer this season by hitting the target at San Mames today.