Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi has endless records to cherish but has hit the goal-post or bar a larger number of times than any other player in a single LaLiga season.
Lionel Messi may be a specialist with regards to putting the ball in the net but the Argentine genius is likewise productive when it comes to near misses. Fourteen times the Argentinian has been denied by post or bar in LaLiga, 17 times in all competitions.
Having set up Luis Suarez’s opener in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Eibar with a rich pass, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner shook the upright bar with a shot before half-time.
It implies Messi has now been denied by post or crossbar in LaLiga 14 times this season, equalling a record he set himself in 2011-12.
Deportivo, Betis, Alaves, Getafe, Athletic, Celta and Atletico Madrid are the teams against whom Messi has been unlucky on certain occasions.
The 30-year old is without a goal in his last three League games but at the same time has 20 goals out of 24 top-flight appearances this term.
14 – Lionel Messi has hit woodwork 14 times in La Liga this season, more than any other player in a whole season of this competition (at least 2003/2004). Wood pic.twitter.com/V5OviUDdfu
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