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It’s been six months since soccer legend Messi started playing for PSG. But, Messi no longer seems to be one of the very best footballers in the world. Messi may have won his seventh Ballon d’Or last month for his outstanding match-winning displays for Argentina in Copa America, but for his fans, his current dismal form is quite heartbreaking.

Messi’s Bad Luck With Poor Form

At the height of his fame at Barcelona during the 2011-12 season, Messi had averaged just one goal or assist every 51 minutes. Even in the previous season at Barcelona, he averaged one goal or assists every 75 minutes. At Paris this season, it has dropped to one goal or assists every 111 minutes. Even a “not that great” attacking forward could have a better goal average than this. Although the rate of his five assists in the French top-flight is a bit decent, this is often not the best quality ever. 240 players across Europe’s top five leagues have more goals and assists in 2021-22 than Leonel Messi.

Still, Messi does not find the dangerous shooting positions you might expect. He is ranked 134th in the top five leagues in Europe at xG for 90 minutes.

Messi is on the verge of his lowest goal-scoring return since the 2005-06 season, scoring eight in all competitions, battling an injury to the edge of Frank’s Barcelona first-team squad. Maybe it is the team or the change of long Barcelonan years. Maybe it takes him a little bit more time to merge with the team. But the fans all over the world who admire Messi are greatly disappointed by his performance in this season. A comeback is needed in a situation like this. While Neymar is the heart of PSG, Messi is still struggling to fill the gaps, he created for the past 6 months. No matter what the world of football still believes that the transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-German is the right choice. I Hope Messi finds his outstanding form soon!!

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Theertha S Jagadeesh is a graduate in English Language and Literature from St Mary's College Thrissur. She is currently pursuing her Post graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication from Chetana College of Media and Performing Arts. She is enthusiastic about sports analysing, content creation and graphic designing.


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