Out-of-this-world Lionel Messi was brought back to Earth on Tuesday as Argentina stumbled to a 1-1 draw at altitude in Bolivia. The mostly magisterial Messi was seen vomiting on the pitch in La Paz, which is about 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level.
But Leo was right back at it on Saturday, setting yet another astonishing record before his Barcelona side conceded a late goal to tie Celta Vigo 2-2.
Messi scored in the 73rd minute to put Barca up 2-1. In doing so, he not only scored his league-leading 43rd La Liga goal in 29 games. He not only scored in his 19th straight La Liga match (a stretch that has now destroyed the previous mark of 10), a period in which he’s scored a total of 30 goals.
But Messi has now scored against each of the 19 other sides in La Liga—in a row.
Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo scored against every La Liga side last season.
But until Messi, no one had ever done it consecutively.
The streak began on Nov. 11, 2012, with two goals in a 4-2 Barca win at Mallorca. The following weekend saw Messi net two more at home in a 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza.
And, well, you can see the rest here:
Here's another look at his ridiculous streak:
''What Leo is doing is an unheard of feat in the league's history and it shows the importance he has and his greatness as a player,'' Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura told the Associated Press after Saturday’s draw. ''With time, we will give him even more credit for what he does."
Still, as the numbers, records and plaudits continue to pile up on Messi’s shelves, you almost wonder just what else he can do.