The Catalans have clenched their eighth Liga title in eleven seasons, thanks in no small part to the continued excellence of their No.10
When Lionel Messi placed fifth in last year’s Ballon d’Or, he was as elegant in his response as he's on the field.
“It is usually the case in football that the team collective is more necessary than the individual,” he told Diario Sport.
But anyone who has watched him play this season would counsel the snub started a fireplace in his belly, along with hisexceptional form having allowed barcelona to cruise to a second serial Liga title – not to mention the final of the Copa del Rey, and therefore the last four of the Champions League.
The Argentine turns thirty two within the summer, however he’s showing no signs of slowing down, with thirty four goals and fifteen assists swing him top of each charts in La Liga.
Messi might have urged that he misses the domestic competition of Cristiano Ronaldo, together with his former Real madrid rival having moved to Juventus last summer, however the Portuguese's departure clearly hasn't affected the No.10's motivation.
The barcelona skipper has helped his side dominate La Liga from begin to end – the Catalans are top since week fourteen.
Messi himself is set to clinch the Trofeo Pichichi for the third consecutive season, with Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema, on twenty one goals, some way behind his tally of thirty four.
In the race for the european Golden Shoe, solely Kylian Mbappe, with thirty strikes, is anyplace near him as he eyes up a record sixth prize.
“It is often necessary to boost singly, however this is often in light of the collective,” Messi aforementioned earlier this season.
“It is just necessary if you'll help your team and be a lot of successful on the pitch.”
He’s definitely done that. The forward’s goals alone are worth seventeen points for Barcelona – the distinction between the Blaugrana topping the La Liga table instead of trailing Atletico madrid in second.
He’s been directly involved in fifty six per cent of their eighty six goals scored – with specific highlights his hat-trick and 2 assists within the 5-0 win at Levante, and his hat-trick and assist within the 4-2 victory against Sevilla.
But it'd be harsh to ignore the very fact that Barcelona are so strong in Messi’s absence, too.
The 5-1 victory over Real madrid in october was a turning point within the season, even at that early point within theseason.
"[Messi] is that the best in the world, invariably a plus," Suarez said when the win, in which he scored Barcelona’s initial non-Messi hat-trick within the Clasico since Romario.
"But what we've done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We're behind the manager and that we love the club."
His comments came amidst lots of doubts over Valverde’s future, associate undramatic yet reliable figure within the Barcelona dugout.
While the Blaugrana stuck by their man, their victory in the Clasico spelled the tip for Julen Lopetegui at Real madridwhen simply fourteen games in charge.
As chaos continuing to surround Los Blancos, Barcelona’s sparkling season continuing to put them to shame.
While Valverde’s side target 3 trophies, Madrid have now had 3 coaches, with Zinedine Zidane returning when Santiago Solari’s failing attempt to resurrect their season