4 Things Lionel Messi Needs to Do for an Encore This Season for Barcelona

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4 Things Lionel Messi Needs to Do for an Encore This Season for Barcelona
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With 73 goals and 23 assists, Lionel Messi boasts the greatest individual statistical output in the history of European football.

Last season, Messi had his best season in terms of numbers and is once again a finalist for the Ballon d'Or.

In all likelihood, the records he set will not be broken any time soon. He will probably not even get near those figures this term. Probably.

For the last few seasons, Barcelona's No. 10 has gotten better with each passing season. The number of assists and goals scored has increased every year.

Surely he can't do that against this year, though. Can he?

Whatever his final goal count is and as great as his output was last campaign, it is safe to assume that he would trade many of those goals for the La Liga and Champions League trophies.

For Messi, the team results are more important than individual accolades.

So it is actually possible for the Argentinian to have a better campaign in 2012-2013. To do that, the entire Barcelona team has to have a better year, not just their star forward.

With that in mind, here are four things Messi needs to do this season to have an even better year this time around.

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