Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for an eighth consecutive season, with a glorious free kick that drew Barcelona level at one apiece en route to a 2-1 victory over Sevilla at home.
The Argentine crack’s 31st-minute strike is emblematic of his run of form and general fútbol mastery: sensational, stunning, superlative, second to none.
This just about sums it up for us:
Below are Messi’s goal totals over the past eight seasons:
Truly mind-boggling stuff. The most terrific (or terrifying, depending on your allegiances) part of it all? Most of the time it doesn’t even seem like he needs to try; his innate talent and the instinctual magic that comes when his feet fuse with a fútbol inevitably lead to greatness. Always.
“Messi creates everything for us, play, assists, goals. Having him in the team is a luxury, a privilege,” Pique was quoted saying after the win.