DUSAN TADIC has beaten Lionel Messi's ten-year assist record.
The Serbian, 33, registered his 37th assist of 2021 last weekend against AZ Alkmaar.
Messi, 34, held the previous best tally of 36.
The Argentine achieved the feat in 2011 while playing for Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona.
That side is generally considered one of the greatest teams of all time.
Tadic's feat, however, appears to have largely gone unnoticed.
In fact, it was the International Champions Cup's Twitter feed that appeared to break the news.
The pre-season tournament's social media page tweeted: "This one flew under the radar… 😯
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"Tadic has broken Messi's record for most assists in a calendar year."
The Serbian registered his most recent set-up against AZ Alkmaar last weekend, finding himself in behind before squaring for Sebastien Haller to finish.
Ajax skipper Tadic has won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double this year.
He was also named in the Europa League Squad of the Season and the Eredivisie Team of the Year.
Messi, meanwhile, has 19 assists in 2021, with most having come while playing for Barcelona and Argentina, and five for new club Paris Saint-Germain.
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