Lionel Messi leads Europe's top 5 leagues assist list in 2022

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi leads the assists charts in 2022
Messi leads the assists charts in 2022 / Sylvain Lefevre/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far, including a record seven Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi has come in for criticism for his slow start to life at Paris Saint-Germain as he is yet to recapture the form he showed at Barcelona, but WhoScored has now revealed that despite his lack of goals, the striker has been brilliant as a playmaker in 2022.

As per WhoScored, the 34-year-old has registered four assists in the Ligue 1 so far this calendar year which is the highest among all the players in Europe's top-five leagues. Messi has so far registered assists against Nantes, Reims, Lille OSC and Rennes in league play in the calendar year.

Overall, the Argentina skipper has registered eight assists so far in the league and barring a notable drop in performance in the remainder of the season, he should tally for 10-plus assists in his debut campaign in Ligue 1.

Despite the criticism aimed at him, there is no doubt that he is still managing to contribute creatively on the pitch and will be key if PSG are to win their maiden European trophy come the end of the season.