Comparing Lionel Messi’s seven Ballon d’Or-winning years

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PSG's Lionel Messi poses with the 2021 Ballon d'Or award.

After another brilliant year, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for a record-stretching seventh time.

Messi, who first won the award in 2009, has been remarkably consistent over the last 12 years and has shown no signs of slowing down.

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. Note: his 2021 stats are correct as of November 30, 2021.

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

READ: A forensic analysis of Lionel Messi’s amazing 2010 performance v Arsenal

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: 56
Starts: 53
Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 41
Assists: 17

Penalties scored: 5

Minutes per goal: 118.1
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 134.5
Minutes per goal or assist: 83.5


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