Lionel Messi and Barcelona Have a Chance to Make History in La Liga

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 19, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 19:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona with a dummy holds his son Thiago during the celebration after winning the Spanish League  after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on May 19, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi and Barcelona are six points away from tying Real Madrid for the most points in a single season in La Liga history.

The La Liga champions have racked up 94 points this season after they defeated Real Valladolid 2-1 on Sunday. That includes 30 victories, four draws and a mere two losses. With two more games to go in La Liga play, they have a shot at joining Madrid in the record books.

During the run, Messi has scored the most goals in La Liga with 46, which is 12 more tallies than Cristiano Ronaldo. His 46 goals in 32 games is a better ratio than last season when he scored 50 goals in 37 games.

He's also posted 12 assists, second only to teammate Andres Iniesta in the league (Messi had 15 assists last season).

Messi, of course, isn't the whole team, but it's obvious that he has driven Barca to this spot. The club has won the league title in four of the last five years. And Barca now leads Madrid by 13 points in La Liga.

It would be something else if Barca tied Madrid's mark of 100 points in a single season. Not only is it an impressive number, Madrid set the record just last season. It was hard to imagine Madrid's record falling anytime soon, let alone in one year's time.

But anything is possible when you have Messi.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner has a way of making anything possible for a club, whether it be league titles or league records. He's the Michael Jordan of world football, capable of guiding a team to glory time and time again.

Barcelona plays Espanyol and Malaga in its final two La Liga games of 2012-13. Seeing that Barca has defeated the two clubs by a combined score of 7-1 this season, it's safe to assume Madrid will have company on June 1.


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