Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi imitates a baby after scoring against Mallorca during their Primera Liga encounter at the Iberostar Stadium in Palma de Mallorca on Sunday.Photo: AFP
Not content with merely getting his name on the scoresheet, Barcelona's insatiable forward Lionel Messi has set the bar even higher for himself in La Liga this season by netting at least twice in each of the seven games he has scored.
The Argentine World Player of the Year grabbed his sixth double of the campaign in Sunday's 4-2 win at Real Mallorca to take his tally to a league-leading 15, including a hattrick at Deportivo Coruna last month.
The 25-year-old, who recently became a father for the first time and is favourite to claim a fourth consecutive World Player award when the winner is announced in January, has struck 76 times for club and country in 2012.
Sixty-four of those were for Barca and 12 for Argentina and he is closing in on the record for a calendar year of 85 set by German Gerd Mueller in 1972.
"Leo is constantly breaking records and his goal-scoring statistics are spectacular," Barca coach Tito Vilanova told a news conference after the Mallorca match.