5 stats that show that Lionel Messi has been at his brilliant best this season
Lionel Messi is doing it again. The Argentinean has been in fascinating form this season and seems to be getting even better with the passage of time. He has been breaking records already so far and has powered Barcelona to the top of the La Liga table, with a little breathing space from the rest of the competition.
But the Argentinean is not aiming for the league alone. Messi won the Supercoppa at the start of the season, as Barcelona beat Sevilla. He has been inspiring Barcelona ahead in the UEFA Champions League too, while Barcelona have also reached the final of the Copa Del Rey with their Skipper playing an important part in that competition as well.
As such, it is only fair to accept that Lionel Messi has been at the top of his game again this season. However, the statistics reveal how the Argentinean has been the pick of the top footballers in Europe so far. Today, we take a look at 5 statistics from this season that confirm the Lionel Messi is a league apart from all his competitors.
All Stats courtesy of Whoscored and Transfermkt
#5 Constant threat on the field
Even though his goal scoring exploits often grab the headlines, the Argentinean contributes a lot more to the team on the field. Messi is a constant threat on the field, because he can hurt the opposition from anywhere on the pitch and statistics suggest just that.
Lionel Messi is averaging 3.9 dribbles per game in La Liga and 2.2 dribbles per game in the Champions League. No doubt every time he has the ball, defenders continue to tremble. He also averages 3.6 key passes per game in the Champions League and 3 key passes per game in La Liga.
The Argentinean has been equally influential from deeper in the field, and has registered 3.2 long balls per game in the Champions League and 3.5 in La Liga, on an average. He has also managed at least 1 through ball per game in both La Liga and Champions League.
No player in entire European Football has such diverse set of skills, and Messi has continued his magic this season to reign supreme at the top of the pile.