Lionel Messi's Heatmap For The 17/18 Season Is Seriously Out Of This World
If you based your guess around the Premier League, perhaps the likes of Manchester City's David Silva or Arsenal Mesut Ozil would spring to mind because of how much they like to drop deep and control play.
That being said, how many players could score 32 goals from these positions and come out on top in terms of assists, dribbles and chances created?
Only Lionel Messi could do such a thing.
The five time Balon d'Or winner is challenging the likes of Mohamed Salah for goals scored this season, he is challenging the likes of Kevin de Bruyne for assists and he's on par with Neymar in terms of dribbles.
Not to mention chances created and all round influence.
Twitter account infosmessi provided the following heatmaps and stats:
Messi is competing with:
:soccer: Mohamed Salah on GOALS..
Kevin de Bruyne on ASSISTS..
:zap: Neymar on DRIBBLES..
Özil on CHANCES CREATED..
:rocket: Dybala on FREEKICKS..
While having the heatmap of a midfielder..
THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME :goat: pic.twitter.com/VT6o5cAmIg
- infosmessi (@INFOSMESSl) April 29, 2018
To sum up his dominance, Messi became the first player in history to score 30+ goals in seven different La Liga seasons on Sunday night when he bagged another hat-trick against Deportivo.
Ernesto Valverde's side secured another La Liga title as they remain unbeaten in the league after 33 games, 12 points ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid.
And surprise surprise, that man Messi has been the driving force behind another dominant league campaign.
Lionel Messi in LaLiga so far this season:
Directly involved 50.6% of Barcelona's 87 league goals. :large_blue_circle::red_circle: pic.twitter.com/QdeAkG3UqH
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 29, 2018
Do you think he deserves the Balon d'Ot trophy this time around?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.