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In the title race in La Liga, FC Barcelona returned to a point behind the leader, Real Madrid, on Saturday July 11th by winning easily on the field of Valladolid (1-0), on the 36th day. The Blaugrana have 79 points and are waiting to see what the Merengue will do on Monday July 13 in Granada. Against Valladolid, the victory goal was scored by Chilean Arturo Vidal, served by Lionel Messi. The Argentinian has scored less in recent days, but he remains decisive. Here he is with 20 assists, a total that had not been reached in the Spanish championship since another Barcelonan, Xavi, in 2008-2009. And the six-time winner of the Golden Ball now has 22 goals and 20 assists in this 2019-2020 fiscal year. In the 21st century, a single player had managed to score at least 20 goals and distribute at least 20 assists in one season from one of the five major European championships: Thierry Henry, with Arsenal in the English Premier League, during the 2002-2003 season (24 goals and 20 assists). Lionel Messi still has two matches, against Osasuna (July 16) and Alavès (July 19), to do better.