The Barcelona attacker has completed more successful dribbles than any other player in the continent’s big leagues over the last two years.
Lionel Messi’s exceptional personal form since the turn of the year has been a key reason why Barcelona have looked like a side capable of winning a momentous treble this season.
The Argentina international has been in a determined mood, scoring goals and creating assists in droves for the Camp Nou outfit.
However, a key element to Messi’s play can be seen with this stat, showing that the South American attacker has completed the most successful dribbles in any of Europe’s top five divisions over the last two years.
Most successful dribbles top 5 leagues last two seasons: Messi 258 - Hazard 254 - Firmino 244 - Raffael 222 - Bellarabi 206 [via whoscored]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) March 6, 2015
Eden Hazard and Roberto Firmino are the closest competitors to Messi, with no sign of perennial Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the top five.
To show the longevity of Messi’s dribbling abilities, the stat below highlights that the South American schemer has consistently beaten opponents in one-on-one situations over the course of his career.
Messi looks likely to feature for Luis Enrique’s men in La Liga against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow and will also be a key factor in the Champions League clash against Manchester City later this month.