The Argentine has assisted six of the Brazilian’s La Liga goals this season, which is the highest number in Europe’s top five leagues.
However, the Argentinian’s role is not merely to score goals, but also to create – something he is excelling at.
The four-times Ballon d’Or winner tops La Liga’s assist table this year with an impressive ten, but it appears that Neymar is the man to most benefit from Messi’s creativity and vision.
As can be seen below, Messi has set up six of the Brazil international’s 15 goals in the league this season, which is the most between two players in any of Europe’s top divisions.
Best "assist/goal" duo in top 5 leagues this season: Messi to Neymar 6 goals - Benzema to Ronaldo 5 - Cesc to Costa 5 [via @barca19stats]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) February 5, 2015
After an underwhelming start to life at Camp Nou, Neymar has won over his doubters and has started to play an important role in the Blaugrana’s attack.
Barcelona fans will hope that misfiring striker Luis Suarez will replicate this in time, but Messi’s influence in the creation of goals, not just the scoring of them, is clear to see also.
Messi came second to Cristiano Ronaldo in the recent Ballon d’Or award for the second consecutive season and as such looks like a man with a mission this season.