Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has been orchestrating one astounding campaign in all competitions over the calendar year. From his standout goals for Barcelona to the numerous key showings in the 2021 Copa America tournament, the veteran forward has been on top of his game in 2021.
As it stands, Messi has recorded 52 goal contributions in 2021. This ranks only behind Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski (59) for the most among all players within Europe’s top five leagues this year.
📆 Goals and assists in 2021…
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This stat may become a key factor in the final vote for 2021 Ballon d’Or. Many voters for this award sure look at stats as one way to determine on who should win the honor, which has benefitted Messi numerous times in years past.
Messi will have a multitude of opportunities to add to his goal contributions tally this year, including in PSG’s upcoming key Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League group stage matches. The Argentine forward sure has what it takes to reach 60 goal contributions over this year.