Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has opened up the new season being one of the more efficient playmakers in all of Europe.
Messi has recorded seven assists and posted a 2.8 key passes per match average in Ligue 1 play so far in the campaign. The Argentine forward is just coming off of a keen performance in PSG’s 2-1 Ligue home win over OGC Nice where while he did not log an assist in the contest, he was able to create one goal-scoring chance.
Overall, Messi has been quite assertive when on the ball in league play. He has tallied 107 progressive passes in nine league matches played, which ranks at first among all players in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich is the only other player in Europe’s top five leagues to tally at least 70 progressive passes in league play this season, as he has recorded 74 such passes.
Messi sure has been a decisive player for first-year PSG manager Christophe Galtier.