Lionel Messi named European Player of the Season for 9th time

Lionel Messi named European Player of the Season for 9th time

- Lionel Messi had a remarkable season with Barcelona despite them failing to win the La Liga

- The Argentine has been named the European Player of the Season for the ninth time

- He edges rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and other players in terms of rating

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Lionel Messi has emerged the European Player of the season for the ninth time in 11 seasons as statistics website WhoScored ranked the Barcelona star above other players.

Although the Catalan giants struggled during the just concluded league season, that does not stop Messi who scored goals for fun and also going on to make record assist.

The 33-year-old netted 25 times in 33 Spanish league appearances this campaign - earning him his seventh Pichichi award. A record no one has attained in the history of the league.

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The Argentine became the first player to create 21 assists in one single season - breaking the record held by former teammate Xavi since 2009.

Messi also made history after becoming the first player in the Spanish league history to score 20 goals and assisted 20 other goals in one season.

Lionel Messi named European Player of the Season for ninth time in 11 seasons

Lionel Messi named European Player of the Season. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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According to WhoScored, Messi edged other player with an overall rating for 2019/20 of 8.71, putting him comfortably ahead of Kylian Mbappe (8.14) in second place.

Robert Lewandowski (8.13), Kevin De Bruyne (7.97) and Cristiano Ronaldo (7.82) make up the rest of the top five.

Amazingly, it's the ninth time in 11 seasons that Messi has been crowned by WhoScored as the best player in Europe.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to shatter records upon records as he has now reached the 50-goal mark for Juventus in just 61 Serie A games.

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The 35-year-old found the back of the net twice to help the Old Lady have a hand on the Serie A trophy following a 2-1 victory over rivals Lazio.

As a result, statistics have now shown that the Portuguese striker has reached a half-century of goals faster than any other player and now remains the only player to have scored 50 goals in Italy, Spain and England.

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