The best over-30s in Europe’s top five leagues according to statistics

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona men are among the top players over the age of 30 in Europe’s top five leagues, according to statistics.

Turning 30 last summer, Lionel Messi won this season’s European Golden Shoe, and it is no surprise to find him high in the rankings over a range of comparable stats.

We’ve taken a look at every player over 30 years old across the top five leagues in Europe to have played at least 1,000 minutes and drawn up the top 10 in a range of statistics including chance creation, goals scored and tackles.

Goals

1. Lionel Messi – 34
2. Edinson Cavani – 28
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 26
4. Luis Suarez – 25
5. Iago Aspas – 22
6. Christhian Stuani – 21
7. Jamie Vardy – 20
8. Fabio Quagliarella – 19
9= Dries Mertens – 18
9= Radamel Falcao – 18

Assists

1. Dimitri Payet – 13
2= Lionel Messi – 12
2= Luis Suarez – 12
4= David Silva – 11
4= Mathieu Dossevi – 11
6= Karim Benzema – 10
6= Daniel Caligiuri – 10
6= Jose Callejon – 10
6= Alejandro Gomez – 10
10. Radja Nainggolan – 10

Chances created per 90 minutes

1. Dimitri Payet – 4.6
2. Cesc Fabregas – 3.5
3= Mathieu Dossevi – 3.1
3= Alejandro Gomez – 3.1
5. Josip Ilicic – 3.0
6. Gonzalo Castro – 2.7
7. Lionel Messi – 2.6
8= Antonio Candreva – 2.5
8= Aaron Hunt – 2.5
8= Franck Ribery – 2.5

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes

1. Lionel Messi – 5.6
2. Alejandro Gomez – 3.4
3. Mousa Dembele – 3.2
4. Andres Iniesta – 3.1
5. Josip Ilicic – 3.0
6. Max Gradel – 2.9
7. Jose Luis Morales – 2.7
8. Mathieu Dossevi – 2.6
9. Fabian Orellana – 2.5
10. Joaquin – 2.3

Successful tackles per 90 minutes

1. Gelson Fernandes – 5.0
2. Filipe Luis – 4.5
3. Arturo Vidal – 4.3
4= Valon Behrami – 4.0
4= Manuel Iturra – 4.0
6= Renaud Cohade – 3.9
6= Mo Diame – 3.9
6= Victor Sanchez – 3.9
9. Luisinho – 3.8
10. Per Skjelbred – 3.7

Interceptions per 90 minutes

1. Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 3.9
2. Yohan Cabaye – 3.0
3= Anaitz Arbilla – 2.9
3= Jonathan Pereira – 2.9
3= Victor Sanchez – 2.9
6= Dario Dainelli – 2.7
6= Christian Fuchs – 2.7
8. Fernando Navarro – 2.5
9= Andrea Costa – 2.4
9= Andrea Masiello – 2.4

Saves per 90 minutes

1. Nicolas – 4.6
2. Eiji Kawashima – 3.8
3. Marwin Hitz – 3.7
4= Adrian – 3.6
4= Alex Cordaz – 3.6
4= Lukasz Fabianski – 3.6
4= Philipp Tschauner – 3.6
8= Regis Gurnter – 3.5
8= Stefano Sorrentino – 3.5
10. Emiliano Viviano – 3.4


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