A bizarre statistic regarding the frequency with which Barcelona star Lionel Messi has hit the woodwork in this season has come to the fore this evening.
The Blaugrana went head to head with Deportivo La Coruna in a Spanish top-flight clash tonight, with Ernesto Valverde’s men coming into proceedings 3 points clear of 2nd-placed Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table (with a game in hand).
Depor, meanwhile, sat precariously in 17th, just one spot above the relegation zone with just 15 points from 15 games.
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The early goings of this evening’s matchup unsurprisingly saw hosts Barca take control, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba particularly influential.
A number of chances went begging for the Catalans before Luis Suarez finally gave the home side the lead just before the half-hour mark, tapping home following an unselfish layoff from Lionel Messi.
And it was 2-0 twelve minutes later, as Paulinho continued his excellent start to life at the Camp Nou with a goal.
Suarez and Paulinho both went on to notch their braces during the 2nd-half, with Barca eventually emerging with a well-deserved 4-0 victory.
However, while most of the hosts’ stars were no doubt delighted with their evening’s work, one player who will likely have a couple of regrets about how things went on the pitch is Lionel Messi.
The Argentine was uncharacteristically wasteful, missing a hat-full of gilt-edged chances, including a penalty.
Two of Messi’s efforts also came back off the woodwork, giving rise to an incredible statistic:
Lionel Messi has now hit the woodwork 14 times this season… FOURTEEN pic.twitter.com/lufFWadH3M
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