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Stat: Lionel Messi having best year of his Barcelona career so far

The Argentine forward has contributed 23 goals and assists in his first 11 games of 2015 - more than any previous year.

Despite Real Madrid topping the La Liga table currently, Barcelona have looked in ominous form since the turn of the year.

The Blaugrana have put together an enviable win record, with Luis Enrique’s men being pushed forward by Lionel Messi.

The Argentina international is seemingly playing with a point to prove after being overlooked for the Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year and has been in devastating form.

As can be seen below, Messi has already contributed a staggering 23 goals and assists in his first 11 games of the new year.

This is more than any previous season, with the closest to matching this figure coming back in 2011, where he had 21 at the same stage.

There is no doubting that the South American attacker has been the best player on the planet over the last two-and-a-half months, with Barcelona a serious threat in both domestic and European competitions whilst he is firing on all cylinders.

Just how long Messi can keep up his impressive run for remains to be seen, but in the meantime the four-times Ballon d’Or winner has had his best start to a year yet in 2015.

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