Lionel Messi set two new records on the final day of the La Liga season, although he insists that personal accolades don't make up for Barcelona finishing second best to Real Madrid.
The Barca icon scored twice and registered an assist as his side rounded off their league campaign with a 5-0 win at Alaves on Sunday, although the Catalan giants have ended the campaign in second place and five points behind their Clasico rivals.
Messi finished the season with 25 league goals from 33 appearances to pick up a record seventh Pichichi award for La Liga's top goalscorer, one more than the Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra's tally of six.
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished second in the standings after netting 21 goals, with Villarreal's Gerard Moreno third on 18 goals.
Messi also set a new record for the most assists in a single La Liga season when he teed up youngster Ansu Fati for the opening goal at Alaves, beating former teammate Xavi's total of 20 in the 2008/09 season.
“I always say that the awards and individual goals are secondary,” said Messi after the match.
“It is true that it could have been taken as an important achievement for being the seventh Pichichi, but I would have liked it to come accompanied by the league title.”
Barca will now face Napoli in the Champions League next month, and Messi – who on Monday saw his chances of winning a seventh Ballon d'Or in 2020 scuppered – is looking for his side to refocus.
“We need some peace of mind, which hopefully we will get with this little break between competitions,” he told reporters.
“As I said the other day, it'll give us the chance to clear our minds a little.
“We've said what needed to be said, we have been self-critical with ourselves. Nothing more needs to be said, now we just have to show it out there on the pitch.”
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