Messi Ranks Ahead of Several Premier League Stars in Impressive Shot-Creation Stat

Lionel Messi’s second season with Paris Saint-Germain has been more successful than his first. The 35-year-old has factored in various Ligue 1 matches and seems comfortable. 

As a result, the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner is amongst the best chance creators in Europe’s top five leagues this 2022-23 season. Planet Football compiled the top 10 players in Europe’s top five leagues by how many shot-creating actions they have produced in their respective leagues.

Here’s the list with Messi currently at the top as of Saturday:

1. Lionel Messi – 167 shot-creating actions

2. Kevin De Bruyne – 166 shot-creating actions

3. Bruno Fernandes – 165 shot-creating actions

4. Vinicius Junior – 153 shot-creating actions

5. Kieran Trippier – 152 shot-creating actions

6. Remy Cabella – 150 shot-creating actions

7. Martin Odegaard – 146 shot-creating actions

8. Bukayo Saka – 143 shot-creating actions

9. Dominik Szoboszlai – 139 shot-creating actions

10. Branco van den Boomen – 137 shot-creating actions

Messi’s production with PSG isn’t stopping the conversations about whether the capital club should extend the forward. The Argentine’s contract expires in June and discussions over a new deal have reportedly stalled.

FC Barcelona wants to reunite with the player; however, their financial situation is a significant hurdle. It will be interesting to see where Messi lands this summer, but it seems he wants to play in Europe, which rules out a move to MLS. 

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