• Messi will be desperate to not emulate his worst streak that happened a few years ago
  • Messi has assisted six out of Barca's last seven goals
  • Even during a poor run, Messi is La Liga's current top scorer and goal provider

Lionel Messi, who failed to score in FC Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Getafe FC Saturday, has recorded his longest goal drought in over six years in La Liga.

Messi, who did not score in each of Barcelona’s four league matches against Valencia, Levante, Real Betis and Getafe FC, has now drawn blanks for over 360 minutes in the Spanish top division tournament.

The Barcelona captain will be desperate to not emulate his worst streak of going without scoring that happened during the 2013-14 season when Messi went eight games straight without netting a goal in La Liga.

Even though he has not managed to touch the back of the net, he has still helped his side by setting up goals for his teammates. Six out of Barca’s seven goals in the last three games have come with Messi’s assists. A shocking 2-0 loss to Valencia cost Barca their top spot in the La Liga points table. In the match subsequent to that, Messi set up two goals for 17-year-old forward Ansu Fati in Barca’s 2-1 win over Levante.

The Argentine then followed that with a hat-trick of assists as Barca defeated Real Betis 3-2. Messi once again ensured his team did not suffer because of his goal drought when he set up Antoine Griezmann's goal that put Barca 1-0 up against Getafe Saturday. The reigning champions ended up with a 2-1 victory. While Barca won and leaders Real Madrid drew their game, the latter now are only one point clear on the top in the La Liga points table.

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Lionel Messi AFP / Josep LAGO

Even though Messi is undergoing his worst drought in over six years, he is not only the top-scorer with 14 goals but also the top provider with 12 assists in the ongoing 2019-20 La Liga season.

Messi’s Barca will next face Eibar in La Liga Saturday, while table-toppers Real Madrid will travel to take on Levante.