Comparing Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne stats from this season

There can be little debate that both Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne rank alongside one another right now as the best playmakers in the world, but who has had the better season?

It will come as no surprise to learn that the two players are leading the way in Europe’s top five leagues with the most assists this season.

Fresh off his World Cup triumph with Argentina, Messi has been just as impressive for PSG. While his numbers did take a dip last season, he has been back to his usual self this time around.

In the league alone, Messi has 30 goal contributions with 15 goals and 15 assists so far. PSG on on track to win the Ligue 1 title, which will be Messi’s 12 league title in his career.

The Argentine genius continues to dazzle us with his moments of brilliance and his underlying numbers have been particularly impressive during this campaign.

Messi has been regarded as the best playmaker in the world for quite some time, but Kevin De Bruyne is a worthy challenger to his throne.

The Manchester City midfielder has been flawless this year and could end the campaign with three trophies in the bag. His partnership with Erling Haaland is basically a cheat code at this point.

“Kevin is a special player,” Guardiola told reporters following City’s 4-1 triumph over Arsenal. “Today was a game where we expected high pressing from Arsenal.

“When there’s high pressing, it’s long balls, second balls. We were able to win it in contact with Kevin, and then we could run with Erling. It’s an incredible threat up front, the connection with them, and Kevin was brilliant.”

The Belgian playmaker loves playing against the Gunners as he has now scored and assisted in both Premier League games against Arsenal this season.

We’ve taken a deeper look into the stats of both Messi and De Bruyne this season to see how they stack up against one another. We’ll let you be the judge of who comes out on top.

Lionel Messi

Ligue 1
Games: 27
Goals: 15
Assists: 15

Goals per game: 0.55
Assists per game: 0.55
Goal contributions per game: 1.11

Shots per game: 4.1
Dribbles per game: 3.3
Chances created per game: 2.9

Champions League
Games: 7
Goals: 4
Assists: 4

Goals per game: 0.57
Assists per game: 0.57
Goal contributions per game: 1.14

Shots per game: 3.3
Dribbles per game: 2.0
Chances created per game: 2.7

Kevin De Bruyne

Premier League
Games: 29
Goals: 7
Assists: 16

Goals per game: 0.24
Assists per game: 0.55
Goal contributions per game: 0.79

Shots per game: 2.2
Dribbles per game: 1.0
Chances created per game: 3.2

Champions League
Games: 7
Goals: 1
Assists: 4

Goals per game: 0.14
Assists per game: 0.57
Goal contributions per game: 0.71

Shots per game: 1.6
Dribbles per game: 0.9
Chances created per game: 2.6

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