They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Football fans can argue that so are heat-maps. Heat-maps are used to identify the frequency of events spread in a given particular area, are a common way to find out a position and operating zone of a player.
Lionel Messi started on the right wing as Barcelona took on Osasuna today, with Antoine Griezmann playing off of Martin Braithwaite, who was the central striker.
Messi put up an absolute show, scoring one goal, giving four key passes, and creating two big chances. He was unlucky to walk out of the game with no more than a goal in terms of a direct contribution. However, his heat-map from the game definitely stood out.
Lionel Messi’s heatmap vs Osasuna
According to Sofascore, Messi’s heat-map for the night is in the shape of a goat, which is worthy of his performance, no less in the gameweek where he paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona. The Argentine is often referred to as the G.O.A.T (Greatest of all Time) footballer, and it looks like the footballing gods approve of his status as one.
Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong were among the other players who stood out, as Barcelona rampaged over Osasuna to register a 4-0 win, leapfrogging seven places to 7th in the table.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.