Messi becomes first LaLiga player ever to score 20 and assist 20 or more goals in the same season as Barcelona cling to title hope

Lionel Messi added another record to his incredible career on Saturday as he became the first player in the history of LaLiga to score 20 and assist 20 goals or more in the same season.

Former teammate Thierry Henry is the only other player to have reached the landmark in Europe’s top five leagues in the 21st century, scoring 24 and assisting 20 for Arsenal in the 2002/03 Premier League season.

Lionel Messi’s 20th assist of theseason and a sharp finish fromArturo Vidal gave Barcelona agritty win at Real Valladolid.

Messi set up Arturo Vidal to ease Barcelona nerves as the reigning champions scored a 15th minute opener that proved decisive at Real Valladolid.

Barcelona will keep Real Madrid waiting for the coronation that is surely coming their way after Arturo Vidal’s strike secured a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid.

The gap at the top of LaLiga is down to a single point, but Real Madrid can go four clear with two rounds of games remaining when they face Granada in their game in hand on Monday.

In another match of LaLiga, Atletico Madrid sealed Champions League qualification for the eighth consecutive season by beating Real Betis 1-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a late Diego Costa goal after having a player sent off and seeing two goals ruled out following VAR reviews.

Costa scored the only goal of the game with a scuffed header in the 74th minute.

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