Now at the age of 33, Messi has not yet lost his clinical touch in front of goal by netting 27 times in 38 games, as of July 8. Furthermore, 22 of these goals have come in La Liga, which has all but guaranteed him a record seventh top scorer award in Spain, edging him past his and Telmo Zarra's record of six.
To make matters slightly worse, however, it does look as if Messi and his underperforming Barcelona teammates will lose their La Liga crown to Madrid. The Argentine did only win the league title last year on route to winning a record sixth Ballon d'Or, although, his numbers were out of this world, with 51 goals and 20 assists.
This campaign, Messi has reached 20 assists in La Liga alone, which equals his own record and puts him two behind former colleague, Xavi, who sits with a record 22 in one season. So, whilst his goals are far from what they have been in recent times, his playmaking talents only seem to get better as he constantly carries this Barcelona side.
The Blaugrana are far from what they once were and Messi's talent is now becoming more evident as his teammates fail to pull their weight, forcing the Argentine's magic to become more powerful.
With this said, others on this list - including his nemesis Ronaldo - have outscored him this campaign, although, Messi's goal involvements is only topped by Lewandowski.