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Thoughts About Lionel Messi’s Scoring Drought Are Just Wrong

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Barcelona won their latest UEFA Champions League encounter yesterday as they cruised to victory against AC Milan by a 3-1 score.

Out of the three goals scored by Los Blaugranas, two were netted by Lionel Messi who’s slowly returning from an injury. Even when it’s noticeable that he’s not at top speed yet he’s still the most dominant player in the world by a mile.

Despite their two goals scored, however, lots of experts and people in the media have been criticizing Messi for being in “a goal scoring drought.”

So far in 15 matches this season, Messi has already found the back of the net 14 times. Six of those have come in only three Champions League games while the other eight have been in 10 La Liga matches. That’s almost one goal per match, a ratio that 99% of the other players are only able to maintain in their dreams.

Messi has also embraced a new role this summer because he’s assisting more. He already has four assists and he’s playing a bit deeper in his striker role due to the presence of both Neymar and Alexis Sánchez who started the season scoring often.

Another thing that needs to be considered is that while Messi was virtually untouchable for Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino tries to rest him as much as possible. If the game is decided, the Argentinean manager has no problems substituting him just to keep him fit because he will be needed down the stretch.

To think that Messi is on a goal scoring drought is just wrong. Most of the changes can be accredited to the recent injury or a change in the system, but one thing is certain: Once he’s 100 percent fit he’ll continue scoring in bunches like the dominant player he is.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google