Lionel Messi proved once again that he is only getting better with age as he took home yet another top statistical honour.
This time Messi has pipped Cristiano Ronaldo to the most number of Man of the Match (MOTOM) awards in Europe this season and sits pretty at the very top.
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The data was discovered by WhoScored.com and further arranged by GiveMeSport (GMS) and clearly shows the Argentine leading the pile of MOTM performances. Here is the full list compiled by GMS.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 15
2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 13
3. Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 11
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 9
=5. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) – 8
=5. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 8
=7. Alessio Cragno (Cagliari) – 7
=7. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7
=9. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 6
=9. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 6
The Barcelona talisman has been in mercurial form again this campaign, and is only somewhat caught by Eden Hazard of Chelsea, who has been brilliant for his club this season.
Ronaldo can only manage fourth place behind Nicolas Pepe of Lille who continues to be linked with several top clubs.
But it’s Messi who claims top spot and proves once again that he is the one true GOAT of football.