Fan's Twitter Thread 'Debunks' Lionel Messi's 2019/20 Season Stats
Most people think that Lionel Messi still had a great season despite Barcelona's failures in La Liga and the Champions League, but one fan has proved everyone wrong with a great Twitter thread.
Messi now wants to leave Barca after becoming disillusioned with life at the Nou Camp, with Manchester City the most likely destination for the 33-year-old.
Despite his record breaking season, 20 goals and 20 assists in the same La Liga season, the Catalan giants weren't able to win any silverware and that might be because Messi's stats aren't as good as first thought, that's according to one fan's deep dive into what those stats meant.
Lionel Messi 19/20 La Liga campaign stats DEBUNKED- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
How stats can fool you (A Thread) pic.twitter.com/Qb7tImrK7X
Messi 19/20 La Liga stats- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
:military_medal:33 games played
:soccer: 25 goals
:a:️ 21 assists
These stats are insane without context.
Now let's dig deeper. What teams did he score these against? How many from open play? How many game winners? Keep reading :eye::arrow_down:
:arrow_right: Top 10 Teams Goals- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
Out of the only 5 goals (FIVE) he scored vs t10 teams, only 2/5 were from open play.
- Goal vs Atletico
- Goal vs Granada
- Penalty vs Atletico
- Penalty vs Sociedad
- Freekick vs Sevilla pic.twitter.com/TzrALuNuyR
:arrow_right: Stat-padding- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
How many goals came when the game was almost finished?
:soccer: vs Sevilla (H). 4-0 in 78' min
:soccer: vs Valladolid (H). 4-1 in 75' min
:soccer: vs Mallorca (H). 5-2 in 83' min
:soccer: vs Eibar (H). 4-0 in 87' min
:soccer: vs Mallorca (A). 4-0 in 93' min
:soccer: vs Alaves (A). 5-0 in 75' min
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:a:️ Assists with context (2/2)- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
:arrow_right:Assists vs Madrid and Atletico - 0
:arrow_right:Assists vs Top 10 - 5
:arrow_right: Assists vs Bottom 10 - 16 pic.twitter.com/BHuxWdsINp
End of thread. Likes and retweets appreciated. pic.twitter.com/zhM2xFB2VD- :cactus: (@Dag7i) July 20, 2020
If City are to sign Messi, or anyone else for that matter, they'll have to spend big. Even if he's able to get his contract cancelled then his wages are reportedly at the 500,000 euros-a-week mark.
However his stats of scoring goals against the bottom half sides might not be enough to put Pep Guardiola off. City lost to both Norwich City and Southampton last season and drew with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, as they finished 18 points behind Liverpool.
It remains to be seen if Guardiola is put off by a Twitter thread but it seems quite unlikely. Whether or not City do sign the six time Ballon d'Or winner or not will come down to other factors.
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