The figures do not lie and the goals that Argentine Leo Messi has scored alone in 2012 make him the most effective front man in Europe bar none.
Messi found the net an amazing 90 times last year, won the golden boot with 50 goals and ended the first half of the season with 27 goals – fantastic figures that make him a force to be reckoned with. Messi is capable of knocking the ball into the net every hour or to be exact, every 59 minutes in what we’ve had of this season so far.
Leo Messi’s stats this season 2012/2013
- GAMES – 22
- GOALS – 34
- ASSISTS – 8
- SHOTS – 116
Ibrahimovic and Falcao are not too far behind Messi, but far enough. The Swede manages to find the back of the goal every 79 minutes while Colombian Falcao, manages a goal every 80 minutes. Incidentally, the Athletic Madrid striker would be top scorer in any of the other four major European leagues with his 18 goals so far this season with only Ibrahimovic equaling him in France. We also have to take into account that leo Messi has been on the field for 95% of the time.
Messi signed a new deal yesterday that ties him with Barca until 2018 and virtually retires him at the Catalan club. Messi didn’t want to hear anything to do with raising his buy-out clause, which is set at 250Million euros and also hinted that he may end up finishing his football career in his native Argentina. He explained that he wouldn’t play for any other club in Europe but would be tempted elsewhere, probably his homeland.