Lionel Messi struck 36 goals to finish as the LaLiga Santander top scorer 2018/2019. It is the third season in a row he has topped the scorers chart, and the sixth time in his career.
2009-10 – 34 goals
2011-12 – 50 goals
2012-13 – 46 goals
2016-17 – 37 goals
2017-18 – 34 goals
2018-19 – 36 goals
FC Barcelona’s number 10 opened his account, scoring the club’s first goal of the season in a 3-0 home win against D.Alaves back in August. He went on to strike seven braces (D. Alaves, SD Huesca, Real Betis, RCD Espanyol, Valencia CF, RCD Espanyol, SD Eibar) and three hat-tricks (Levante UD, Sevilla FC and Real Betis).
Among his goals, were four struck from the penalty spot and six free-kicks, including a run of three free-kicks in consecutive games against Real Betis, RCD Espanyol and Villarreal CF back in March/April. The Argentine netted 32 with his left foot and four with his right.
Messi also finished as the LaLiga Santander’s joint-leading provider of assists with 13, which means he was involved in scoring 49 of Barça’s 90 goals this season, playing a major role in delivering the title to the Camp Nou.
Throughout his career Messi has scored 419 goals in LaLiga, from his opener against Albacete in 2005, to his most recent, Barça’s last of the 2018/2019 campaign, against Eibar.