Jordi Alba has become Lionel Messi’s biggest ally this season. After missing three games through injury, Alba was back in the side for Saturday’s game at San Mames against Athletic Club. His presence is most noticed in attack. There, a combination with Messi ended up in the opening goal of the game.
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Alba combined to perfection with Messi, with his cross turned home by the Argentine to give Barça the lead, goalkeeper Kepa finally beaten after 36 minutes of play.
According to @pedritonumeros’ statistics, Alba is seventh in the rankings of players who have set up the most goals for Messi at Barça since he made his first team debut:
- 21 Dani Alves
- 18 Pedro
- 17 Iniesta, Suarez
- 16 Neymar
- 13 Xavi
- 11 Cesc
- 10 Jordi Alba
These 10 assists accoutn for a third of the 30 goals that Jordi Alba has set up in La Liga.