After 60 games last season, Lionel Messi had 73 goals and 29 assists. It was a season for the ages.
While, on a personal level, he had his best season ever, Barcelona lost their grip on both their La Liga and Champions League titles.
And Messi struggled in the big games, which was unusual for him. Real Madrid held him goalless in both League games and in both legs of their Copa Del Rey quarterfinal.
By the end of the season, he appeared tired. He was unable to inspire his team in the Champions League semifinal, as he was again held goalless.
While he may not reach the statistical heights of last season, I believe this coming season will be his best yet.
Here are my reasons why.