Lionel Messi continues to reign supreme.
Barcelona’s talisman has just won a record fifth European Golden Shoe award for notching 34 goals in La Liga last season, making him the best marksman in Europe ahead of Mohamed Salah (32) and Harry Kane (30).
He’s not doing too badly this season either, currently boasting 14 goals and 10 assists in Spain’s top-flight to once again make him the main man in Europe’s top five leagues.
Just imagine if you could stick Messi into your Dream Team, eh?
At the World Cup over the summer, we got to live out the dream of having Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in our fantasy football team, thanks to Dream Team’s World Cup game.
But having the big man available for the traditional season version of the game would be an entirely different kettle of fish.
So, because it’s a quiet day in the office (Man United sacked who?), we decided to work out just how many points Lionel would’ve racked up on Dream Team this season.
Firstly, keep in mind that Eden Hazard is currently leading our Dream Team points chart, with 152 points at the time of writing.
Mohamed Salah, who’s third on our list with 131 points, finished top of Dream Team’s points tally last season with 412 points.
And if you really want to impress your mates, then Ronaldo remains the King of Dream Team, as he still holds the official Dream Team points record with his haul of 477 points from the 2007/08 season, when he clinched both the Premier League and Champions League titles with Man United.
But using WhoScored’s rating system, we’ve done the sums, counted on fingers and toes and worked out that Messi would have an eye-watering 234 points to his name at this stage of the season.
That total counts his 11 Star Man awards, which are worth 55 points alone, along with his 20 goals in all competitions.
This puts him well ahead of our real-life table-topper Hazard and he’s nearly doubled Raheem Sterling’s 125 points haul.
To put this further into perspective, Kane reached 233 points by the start of January last season, with Salah just behind on 219.
With games coming thick and fast this month, there’s still a good chance for our Dream Team favourites to keep up with Messi’s hypothetical haul. Hazard’s Chelsea, for example, still have four games to play before the turn of the year.
There’s still plenty of points to play for, but that doesn’t take anything away from the sheer scale of Messi’s stats this season.
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