Soccer Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Messi off to one of his best startsLionel Messi is off to one of the best starts of his career with 14 goals in 11 matches. The Barcelona star is off to one of the best starts of his career with 14 goals in 11 matches, two more than what Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have netted so far with Madrid. The Argentina forward hadn’t started a season with so many goals since 2011-12, when he scored 14 times in 10 matches. So far, Messi has already scored eight more goals than he did last season at the same point. He has two hat tricks and is the leading scorer in both the Spanish league and the Champions League.