Lionel Messi has now gone four league matches without a goal.
Since scoring against Granada in Quique Setien‘s first game in charge, the Argentine has attempted 31 shots, 15 of which have been on target, and been successful with none.
His longest run without scoring came in the 2007/08 season when he attempted 39 shots, 11 of which were on target, over the course of eight games.
Against Getafe on Saturday, Messi had another six shots and managed to guide two of them on target, but he couldn’t find the back of the net.
The 32-year-old did, however, record another assist, his 12th of the season, for Antoine Griezmann‘s opener.
In the goals department, Messi is still top of the scoring charts in LaLiga Santander with 14 goals in 24 games, but that’s his lowest tally since the 2013/14 season.
In fact, there have been more games this season where Messi hasn’t scored (10) than where he has (nine) in LaLiga Santander.
That means he’s not scored in 52 percent of Barcelona‘s league games this season, which is his highest figure since the 71 percent he registered in 2007/08.
It hasn’t been an enjoyable winter for the Blaugrana captain.
Since the start of January, Barcelona have drawn the Catalan derby with Espanyol, lost Luis Suarez to a long-term injury, lost in the Supercopa de Espana semi-finals, changed coaches, lost at Mestalla and exited the Copa del Rey to Athletic Club.
Off the pitch, Messi has been involved in a bust-up with sporting director Eric Abidal, with the Argentine publicly defending his teammates on Instagram.
Now, Barcelona have a tough few weeks ahead, which includes a two-legged Champions League tie with Napoli and a Clasico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
First up, though, they’ll have to get past Eibar at the Camp Nou on Saturday, where Barcelona will need Messi to start scoring again.