These days it’s difficult trying to find new superlatives to describe Leo Messi (£15.33) and last night he once again displayed the very best of his phenomenal talents, as Barcelona smashed Lyon 5-1 to put their name in the hat for the Champions League quarter final draw.
With 2 goals and 2 assists Messi ran the show last night as Barcelona brushed Lyon aside and with both Madrid sides out, Barcelona will be the sole representatives for Spain in the competition. Messi’s Match Day Dividend Scores over the past couple of months are nothing short of extraordinary – let’s take a look in a little more detail…
Messi has racked up four 1st place finishes in his last 6 matches (as well as a very respectable 3rd place finish) in terms of Match Day Score. Amongst these performances, he’s also helped himself to a very tasty Treble Match Day win in the process! Messi has averaged a Match Day Score of 204 across his last six matches; suggesting that the Argentine is not only performing exceptionally, but that he is doing so on a very consistent basis. Having had a hand in 57 goals so far this season (36 scored and 21 assists) Messi is as brilliant scoring as he is supplying the goals for his teammates.
With these incredible stats, it will therefore be intriguing for some traders to note that Messi’s value has actually dropped a little over the last month. Having been as high as £15.69 just a month ago, it seems that Messi’s age is possibly one factor that may be holding him back from becoming an Index king. However, when you consider that Messi is still only 31 years of age, it is easy to envisage him playing for plenty more years to come. Whilst Messi has always benefited from his ability to produce agile, slaloming runs, his passing numbers are extremely high (averaging 56.72 passes per game in La Liga this season). As such, this will benefit Messi as he would likely continue to profit from a Match Day point of view, due to his high passing numbers.
Ohhh Lionel Messi! 😍
His second of the night, and it's yet more magic!
Some say the Lyon defenders are still sliding… 👀 pic.twitter.com/999Ft8rjd0
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 13, 2019
Messi’s masterclass last night, came in response to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.73) whose hat-trick against Atletico overturned the two-goal deficit; thereby sending Juventus through. Ronaldo has since enjoyed two Media Dividend wins on the bounce and the Portuguese superstar certainly showed why Juventus forked out €100million for him this summer. Even though Messi and Ronaldo are no longer in the same league, both players just can’t help but push each other on in terms of performances. Ronaldo has also enjoyed an increase in value since his hat-trick, rising from a value of £6.97 to his current price tag. It does seem as though CR7 always hits his stride in the Champions League knockouts, so it will be interesting to see if he can continue this momentum in the next round; considering his efforts against Atletico, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it!
It was a good night also for Messi’s Barcelona teammate Phillipe Coutinho (£4.68). The Brazilian has been a somewhat forgotten man this season, but his goal ensured a Match Day Score of 172 resulting in the Midfield Dividend on the night. Ousmane Dembele (£8.48) rounded off the demolition job with a late goal and the Frenchman now has 3 Champions League goals to his name this season.
With the Champions League quarter final draw being made on March 15th, Messi and co. won’t have long to wait until they find out who will be next in line for a Messi masterclass.