LIONEL MESSI’S PSG plight includes a staggering stat.
The Barcelona legend has the second-worst shot conversion rate in Europe’s top five divisions – one goal from 44 attempts.
All-time great attacker Lionel Messi has provided six Ligue 1 assists for PSG this season but netted just onceCredit: Getty
Joao Cancelo fires his only goal from 46 Prem shots this season, in the 4-0 win at Newcastle in DecemberCredit: Getty
World-class attackers hope to convert almost one on four efforts.
And of course Messi‘s dribbling and passing skills mean he is as famed for his making as much as his taking of goals.
But the 34-year-old’s form – and arguably his mood – have dipped since his summer switch from the Nou Camp.
It’s claimed he is unhappy with the runaway Ligue 1 leaders’ style of play under Maurcio Pochettino.
Messi did prove his sixth assist of the Ligue 1 campaign as a sub in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat of Reims.
But having struggled to shake off early-season injuries, it’s really it’s only in the Champions League where he has replicated his Barca influence
Messi has hit five goals in as many matches in Europe’s top domestic tournament.
He was back in Spain this week for Nou Camp manager Xavi’s birthday, no doubt reviving memories of the special connection they had as team-mates.
Messi declined to comment on recent talk of rejoining Barca.
But if his all-round standards fail to improve, it’s not out of the question that PSG would be happy to see him depart in the summer.
the France World Cup winner said: “How is Messi not going to succeed?”
“It’s just a time of adaptation, because he hasn’t scored many goals.
“But look what he does on the pitch. In any case, you can’t criticise a player like that, someone who criticises Messi doesn’t understand anything about football.”
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