Barcelona, with its resounding win over cross-city rival Espanyol (4-0) in the Catalan derby, equalled its best ever first half of a season, with 52 points taken from 54 possible, a points tally that could still reach 55 with one game left to play before the halfway stage in the season.
Barça will have its chance next gameweek against Malaga to improve on the record it set two years ago, in the 2010/11 season, when it took 52 points from 57 during the first half of the season, losing only one match and drawing another.
This season, the winter champion remains undefeated and has only drawn one of the 18 games it’s played so far, against Real Madrid.
Barcelona leads the league with such outstanding numbers that, if it continues as it has until now, would see the Catalans blow away the previous record of 100 points, set by Real Madrid last season.
Another historical challenge on the horizon for Barcelona is to end the season undefeated, something only achieved to date by Athletic Club de Bilbao back in 1929/30 and Real Madrid in 1931/32.
However, in those times, the recently created league championship barely had eighteen gameweeks, the exact same number as those played so far in the current league campaign.