Comparing the stats from Lionel Messi’s 7 Ballon d’Or-winning years

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Lionel Messi holds the Ballon d'Or aloft before the La Liga match between Barcelona and Mallorca at Camp Nou, Barcelona, December 2019.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award a record-stretching seven times throughout his peerless career – which led us to compare his stats from each of his award-winning years.

Messi, who first won the award in 2009, has been remarkably consistent over the last 13 years and has shown no signs of slowing down – even if he doesn’t appear on the shortlist for this year’s award.

“I hope so,” Barcelona midfielder Pedri replied when asked if he would like to be named the best player in the world as many times as Messi has. “I know how hard I need to work to try to do something like that.

“There is only one Messi, however, and I think to repeat what he did is not possible.”

And, with the World Cup on the horizon and Argentina one of the favourites to lift the trophy, there’s every chance Messi could win the 2023 award.

Using data from Messi Stats, we’ve taken a look at his stats for club and country in each of the seven years he’s received the Ballon d’Or award.

2009

Games: 64
Starts: 52
Sub appearances: 12

Goals: 41
Assists: 15

Penalties scored: 5

Minutes per goal: 123.2
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 140.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 90.2

2010

Games: 64
Starts: 57
Sub appearances: 7

Goals: 60
Assists: 17

Penalties scored: 1

Minutes per goal: 88.7
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 90.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 69.1

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2011

Games: 70
Starts: 67
Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 59
Assists: 36

Penalties scored: 8

Minutes per goal: 104.7
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 121.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 65

2012

Games: 69
Starts: 65
Sub appearances: 4

Goals: 91
Assists: 22

Penalties scored: 14

Minutes per goal: 65.6
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 77.5
Minutes per goal or assist: 52.8

2015

Games: 61
Starts: 57
Sub appearances: 4

Goals: 52
Assists: 26

Penalties scored: 8

Minutes per goal: 100.8
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 119.1
Minutes per goal or assist: 67.2

2019

Games: 58
Starts: 51
Sub appearances: 7

Goals: 50
Assists: 18

Penalties scored: 8

Minutes per goal: 93.6
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 11.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 68.8

2021

Games: 61
Starts: 58
Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 43
Assists: 18

Penalties scored: 6

Minutes per goal: 123.1
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 143.1
Minutes per goal or assist: 86.8


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