Lionel Messi has not been able to show his best game with PSG. The Argentine player is still adapting to the French sultan’s club in order to rediscover his slick performance like when he strengthened for Barcelona last year.
However, despite these conditions, Messi is still one of the performers in the European football scene today. In Ligue 1, with PSG, Messi succeeded in becoming a champion.
In his journey this season, Messi scored 6 goals and 14 assists. The record of 14 assists – from these 63 key passes – is the third best in Europe.
Messi’s achievement earned him 7.77 points from the Whoscored page. This value makes Messi one of the best players in Europe and is included in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022.
Besides Messi, there are a number of other players who are included in the list of the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022, based on the Whoscore page.
Who are these players? Check out the full article below.
In the goalkeeper position in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022, Mike Maignan is named. The AC Milan goalkeeper scored 6.92 for his appearances in Serie A this season.
Throughout the 2021/2022 season, Maignan appeared in 32 matches. In 2880 minutes of play, the French goalkeeper made 80 saves. In addition, Maignan also recorded four tackles and 16 clearances.
Maignan also recorded one assist throughout last season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold fills the right fullback position in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022. The Liverpool player scored 7.51 for his appearances in the Premier League this season.
Alexander-Arnold has been one of Liverpool’s pillars this season. He is a figure who is able to help the Reds’ defense and attack equally well.
In terms of attack, he scored two goals and 12 assists. Meanwhile, in terms of defense, Alexander-Arnold recorded 42 tackles, 42 interceptions and 32 clearances.
One place at the heart of the defense in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022 is occupied by Nico Schlotterbeck. The Freiburg player scored 7.39 for his appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
Schlotterbeck averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 4.6 interceptions per game. In addition, the 22-year-old has recorded four goals and 23 successful dribbles so far this season.
Joel Matip is Schlotterbeck’s partner at the heart of Europe’s 2021/2022 best starting eleven defense. The Liverpool player scored 7.35 for his appearances in the Premier League this season.
The Cameroonian defender averaged 1.5 successful tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.5 clearances per game. One of his strengths, he has good concentration.
Joel Matip is also quite productive assisting the attack. He also contributed 3 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League.
In the left fullback sector in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022 there is Joao Cancelo’s name. The Manchester City player scored 7.43 for his appearances in the Premier League this season.
Cancelo is Manchester City’s mainstay in the fullback sector. The Portuguese player was also able to fully repay the trust with one goal and seven assists this season.
In terms of defense, the 27-year-old also appeared solid. He has averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 0.9 clearances in his 36 games this season.
Lionel Messi occupies the right-wing midfielder position in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022. The PSG player scored 7.77 for his appearances in Ligue 1 this season.
In the 2021/2022 season, Messi got the opportunity to play in 26 matches, two of them as substitutes. In 2153 minutes of playing, Messi scored six goals.
In addition, in 26 matches in Ligue 1, Messi recorded 14 assists. This record led him to become the third best assist scorer in Europe.
One place in the engine room for the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022 is occupied by Christopher Nkunku. The RB Leipzig player scored 7.64 for his appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
This season, Nkunku recorded 20 goals and 13 assists so far this season. He also became the player who was voted the best player in every game this season.
Nkunku is also tough in defense. Throughout the Bundesliga this season, he scored 24 tackles, 14 interceptions and 14 clearances.
Kevin De Bruyne is Nkunku’s partner in the engine room of the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022. The Manchester City player scored 7.64 for his appearances in the Premier League this season.
De Bruyne has only appeared in 30 Premier League games this season, five of which have started on the bench. However, he managed to become the life of the City. The Belgian player recorded 15 goals and eight assists.
In defense, this 30-year-old player is also very diligent in helping. He recorded 33 tackles and 15 clearances in his Premier League matches this season.
In the left-wing midfielder position in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022, Kylian Mbappe is named. The PSG player scored 8.04 for his appearances in Ligue 1 this season.
Throughout Ligue 1 this season, Mbappe has appeared in 35 matches, one of them as a substitute. In 3032 minutes of playing, he recorded 28 goals. This makes him the top scorer in Ligue 1.
In addition, Mbappe also recorded 17 assists this season. This record is the second best in European football.
Robert Lewandowski is one of the twin spearheads of the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022. The Bayern Munich player scored 7.89 for his appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
Throughout the 2021/2022 season, Lewandowski played in 34 games, all as a starter. In 2952 minutes of play, he scored 35 goals and three assists.
Lewandowski’s record of 35 goals made him the top scorer in Europe. He also had 161 shots, which makes him the player with the most shots in Europe.
As Lewandowski’s partner in the best European starting eleven for 2021/2022, there is Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid player scored 7.69 for his appearances in La Liga this season.
Throughout the 2021/2022 season, Benzema appeared in 32 matches, one of them as a substitute. In 2600 minutes of playing, he scored 27 goals. Benzema’s goal record is the highest in La Liga this season.
Not only sharp in breaking into the opponent’s goal, Benzema has also scored ten assists this season. This record makes him the top assist scorer in the Real Madrid squad.