- Lionel Messi is having one of his best seasons in his colourful career with Barcelona this term
- The Argentine international has won 15 man-of-the-match awards than any other player
- Messi is in contention to win the European Golden Boot and the Ballon d'Or for the sixth time
Lionel Messi has got 15 man-of-the-match awards this season than any other player in Europe's top five league this season.
The Barcelona talisman has been in impeccable form this season as he has helped side to stay in contention for La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League this term.
With his performances this season, Messi is on now on course to win his sixth European Golden Boot award, with no one else winning more than four.
Though Messi was below his best in Barcelona's first leg Champions League quarter final clash with Man United last week, but he provided the assist for Luis Suarez which counted as a Luke Shaw's own goal winner.
The 31-year-old is still ahead everyone else when it comes to man-of-the-match awards this season.
According to Give Me Sport, via WhoScored.com stats, the five time Ballon d'Or winner has 15 of the awards this season based on the stats site's ratings:
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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
Messi has 33 LaLiga goals, 13 ahead of second place and Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez.
Barca are faourites to win the Champions League this season, if they get past United in mid week, and that could mean another Ballon d'Or for Messi.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has explained that there was no hatred between him and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Smalling and Lionel Messi had a challenge in the Champions League at Old Trafford which gave the Argentine football star a cut on his nose.
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