5 Stats from this season which prove that Lionel Messi is the GOAT
What defines a great player? Is it goalscoring form? Is it the ability to set up players? Or is greatness defined by individual skills on the ball? What if a player has all these skills and brings even more to the table? The Greatest of All Time does not just score goals, he impacts the games in many more ways. He scores, he sets people up, he entertains and he gets the results. His all-round abilities make him unique, as does his exemplary humility and attitude. Which brings us to a certain Lionel Messi.
The Ballon d'Or snub was unjust, but putting him outside the final top three was criminal. Yet, Lionel Messi did not utter a word. People questioned his abilities, labelled him as having "only one skill", and once again, Messi kept silent. Because like the champion that he truly is, the Argentine believes in answering his critics on the field and this season, Messi has been doing just that.
The Argentine has been awarded the Man of the Match for 13 of the 21 games he has played so far, more than anyone else in the top leagues of Europe. He has also created the most chances and has scored the most goals from outside the box so far this season. This season, Lionel Messi has sizzled as usual, even though he missed three weeks due to injury. The Argentine's all-round abilities make him unique and here are 5 stats that once again prove that he is the Greatest of all Time.
#5 Key Passes per game
Even though Barcelona has a host of attacking players, their skipper remains the creative hub of the team. His vision and understanding of the game is second to none and it is amazing how a player can be so effective from every part of the opposition half.
This season the Argentine has started from the right but pretty soon, he is dictating terms from everywhere beyond the halfway line. He is always alert, always watching and knows his teammate's habits inside out. Some of the connections are almost telepathic and every time he has the ball, his teammates know that if they make the right move, Messi will almost always find them with a brilliant ball.
Therefore, it is no wonder that only Dimitri Payet of Marseille has more key passes per game than Lionel Messi in the top leagues of Europe. The Argentine is currently averaging 3.3 key passes in a game in La Liga and 3 per game in the Champions League. His passing range is just one part of uncountable talents that make him the best in the world, however, skeptics would not be convinced by this statistic alone, so we delve into one of his strongest abilities next.