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The Best-Performing XI In Europe’s Top Five Leagues Has Been Revealed

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The Best-Performing XI In Europe’s Top Five Leagues Has Been Revealed

Lionel Messi is statistically the best-performing player in Europe's top five leagues as he headlines a star-studded best XI of the season so far.

The Barcelona superstar, 32, scooped his record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or award last month ahead of Virgil van Dijk.

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And Messi, who has scored 16 times in 20 appearances this season, has received an 8.6 rating from WhoScored.

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The publication's team, which is lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, features Stade Brestois' Gautier Larsonneur (7.3 rating) between the sticks.

Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira (7.6 rating) is out at right-back and Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies (7.4 rating) has locked down the left-back position.

Liverpool star Van Dijk and Roma's Chris Smalling, on loan from Manchester United, are the centre-back partnership and hold a 7.4 rating each.

Messi takes up his place out on the right wing, while fierce rival and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (7.9 rating) is out on the left.

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Featuring in the four-man midfield alongside Messi and Ronaldo are Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (8.0 rating) and Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria (7.8 rating).

The team's strike partnership consists of RB Leipzig Timo Werner (7.9 rating) and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (8.1 rating).

Credit: WhoScored
Credit: WhoScored
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Lewandowski, 31, has been in scintillating form for his club this season and has scored 30 times in 25 appearances.

The Polish striker overtook ex-Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes in the all-time Bundesliga goalscoring chart last month.

And Heynckes, who managed Lewandowski in the 2017-18 campaign, says that the Bayern Munich star has shown how much of a "world-class player" he is this season.

The 74-year-old German told Deutsche Presse-Agentur: "He deserves to overtake me. It was a privilege for me to have worked with him.

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"What impressed me about Robert was his professionalism, ambition, passion, drive and fitness levels. He's shown, particularly this season, what a world-class player he is."

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Topics: Football News, Angel Di Maria, Football, Robert Lewandowski, Ricardo Pereira, ​Alphonso Davies, Lionel Messi, Chris Smalling, Timo Werner, Virgil Van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo

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