That Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players in the history of football, few people have any doubts. But the phrase often said by critics of the Argentine, that “he only played for Barcelona, he needs to be tested in another team”, makes a lot of sense with the ace ending his first season at Paris Saint-Germain.
In addition to the failure in the attempt to help the French to seek the unprecedented Champions League title, Messi, who only has one more official game in the season – this Saturday, against Metz, at the end of the French Championship – has so far scored just 11 goals, a very low number, even more so for a player who scored 91 goals in one year (2012).
The number makes Messi’s season the worst since 2005/2006, when he was just 18 years old and played just a few minutes in a Barcelona team that won the Champions League and also the Spanish League. At the time, the skinny Argentine scored 8 goals in 25 matches.
From then on, the ace’s numbers are fantastic. In addition to the aforementioned year 2012, in which he alone scored more goals than giants such as Manchester United (85), PSG (86), Chelsea (87) and Borussia Dortmund (88), Messi was voted the best player in the world in six opportunities.
Messi has half of Neymar’s goals and a quarter of Mbappe’s
If shirt 30’s numbers are already bad for the season as a whole, in the French Championship they are even worse. Messi scored just 6 goals in 25 matches – two in the last game – and in addition to being behind totally unknown names and even some defenders, he scored half as many times as Neymar, who scored 12 in 21 matches and was heavily criticized for the below-critical season.
In comparison with Mbappé, Messi’s situation is even worse. The Frenchman, the tournament’s top scorer, has so far played 33 matches and scored 24 goals, four times more than the Argentine.
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