This Saturday, the Ligue 1 had its last round and Lionel Messi’s first season at PSG came to an end with a certain amount of melancholy. Despite the protocol French title, the Argentine scored just six goals, a number well below expectations for the player who arrived as the great reinforcement of the season.
Messi took the field in 26 of Paris Saint-Germain’s 38 league matches, 24 of them as a starter, and scored six times. Last season, still with the Barcelona shirt, Messi was La Liga’s top scorer with 30 goals scored in 35 matches.
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For comparison, two Brazilians had higher numbers than the Argentine this season: Lucas Paquetá and Gerson. The two former Flamengo players scored nine goals each and contributed in their ways to their teams’ season.
Paquetá was one of the big names in the midst of a season of ups and downs for Lyon. The midfielder scored nine goals in the team’s campaign, but it wasn’t enough to put the team in a qualification zone for European competitions. Lyon finished Ligue 1 in eighth place, with 61 points.
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At the Olympique de Marseille, Gerson was the highlight of the team in the final stretch of the competition. The Brazilian scored nine goals, four in the last four games, and contributed a lot to qualify the Marseille team for the next edition of the Champions League and, on top of that, take the French vice-championship, with 71 points.
Voted Player of the Season, Kylian Mbappé, who renewed his contract with PSG this Saturday, finished the French Championship as the top scorer and player with the most assists in the competition. The forward scored 28 times in Ligue 1 and made 17 goal passes.