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Messi Overtakes Ronaldo Again, Becomes First Player to Win Man of the Match Award Most in Europe’s Top Leagues

In what does not come as a much surprise, Lionel Messi has beaten other players on the planet to the highest number of Man of the Match this season.

The Argentine has been outstanding for Barcelona with his impressive stats standing on 14 goals and 11 assists in just 1530 minutes of games for the Spanish champions.

Messi has now come atop the pile among players who have been most outstanding in league matches across Europe’s top five leagues.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is on double figures for goals, with his Man of the Match awards coming on 10 times. That means with an average rating of 8.67, the Argentine won the honour most this season.

Paris-Saint-Germain forward, Neymar sits behind his former Barcelona teammate on the log with 8 pieces of the honour in 1231 game played.

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With an average efficiency rating of 8.66, the Brazilian striker has been involved in total 19 goals, 13 goals and six assists this season under head coach Thoman Tuchel.

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is the third man to have raked the awards more than any player this season after Messi and Neymar.

The Portuguese’s Man of the Man award also stands on 8, with an average rating of 7.91. Ronaldo has cemented himself as the engine room of Maurizio Sarri’s side with 20 goals and two assists.

And it is Lazio star Ciro Immobile who has pulled the storm more than him in the Italian league with 25 goals and 6 assists.

Deportivo Alaves star Joselu is behind Ronaldo, also winning the award of on seven occasions with an average rating of 7.75 and nine goals this season.

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner capped the first five with 8 awards. Werner has also been involved in approximately 26 league goals this season (20 goals, 6 assists).

Here are the next five players as cited on Give Me Sport:

6. Ciro Immobile | 8 (Average rating: 7.33)

7. Dimitri Payet | 7 (Average rating: 7.71)

8. Karim Benzema | 7 (Average rating: 7.57)

9. Jadon Sancho | 6 (Average rating: 7.97)

10. Josip Ilicic | 6 (Average rating: 7.86)

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Karim Benzema has surprisingly emerged as the football star with highest release clause on the planet with the Real Madrid forward’s buyout clause worth a whopping £846.7 million.

The Frenchman joined the Spanish giants in 2009 and has since gone to make over three hundred appearances for them bagging over two hundred goals.

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