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Former Southampton man controversially breaks record previously held by Lionel Messi

Former Southampton man controversially breaks record previously held by Lionel Messi

Tadic’s Southampton stint

It is easy to forget that Ajax star Dusan Tadic once played for Southampton.

The Serbian appeared 162 times for the Saints, before joining the Amsterdam outfit in 2018, where his career really took off.

Former Southampton man controversially breaks record formerly held by Lionel Messi

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In the three years since, Tadic has gone on to score 84 goals and provide 83 assists in 173 appearances, which is over 100 more goal contributions than he managed in England, in just 9 more appearances.

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Tadic breaks record, or does he?

And, impressing in Ajax colours, Tadic has now broken a record set by Lionel Messi in 2011.

With Ajax winning 5-0 against Fortuna Sittard on Wednesday evening, Tadic overtook the Argentine’s assist record in a calender year.

Previously standing at 36, Tadic managed 37 assists in the calender year of 2021, surpassing Messi’s record, according to the official ajax account.

However, safe to say, Barcelona fans were not happy, alleging that two of those assists came in club friendly matches, and therefore did not count.

Are Barcelona and Messi fans right to be angry?

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