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Lionel Messi and the 7 best assistants in world football in 2024

Isaac Darko

Updated on May 6, 2024 at 4:50 am

  • Lionel Messi broke two records in Inter Miami’s victory over the New York Red Bulls
  • He recorded the most assists in a single MLS match with Saturday’s performance
  • Sports Brief looks at the top seven players with the highest number of assists this year

Lionel Messi starred for Inter Miami in their match on Saturday, which marked a historic evening.

The Argentine maestro scored a goal and provided five assists to propel Inter Miami to a resounding 6-2 win over the New York Red Bulls.

The illustrious eight-time Ballon d’Or winner not only showed his brilliance as the game’s best player, but also set three new Major League Soccer records.

All three records – six goal contributions, five total assists and five assists in one half – set by Messi in MLS showcase his unparalleled talent, according to Yahoo Sports.

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Despite a delayed start to the season due to injury, the 36-year-old has quickly regained his form and emerged as the key playmaker for his club.

Sports short delves into the top seven players who have provided the highest number of assists in various competitions so far in 2024.

7. Alejandro Grimaldo – 11 assists

The Spaniard is in the midst of his most prolific season yet and shows no signs of slowing down.

As a full-back at Bayer Leverkusen, he has become a pivotal figure under Xabi Alonso’s management, with his assists contributing significantly to the Bundesliga title.

With an average of 2.5 chances per match, it’s clear why he’s one of the most inventive players in the world right now.

6. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 11 assists

With standout players like Milinkovic-Savic, Al-Hilal has effortlessly dominated the Saudi Pro League this season.

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The club at one point achieved victory in 34 consecutive matches, with players like Milinkovic-Savic crucial to this remarkable streak.

In the absence of Neymar, who has been sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury, the towering Serbian midfielder has taken on the role of creative maestro, with an impressive 11 assists so far in 2024.

5. Lionel Messi – 11 assists

What adds an extra layer of significance to Messi’s presence on this roster is his significantly lower playing time compared to others.

The Barcelona legend maintains an average goals contribution per 39 minutes for Inter Miami in 2024.

Defenders are finding it impossible to contain him even as he enters his final years.

His recent performance can be considered the highlight of the season so far. With five assists in one match against the New York Red Bulls, the 36-year-old has truly made MLS his personal domain.

4. Angel Di Maria – 12 assists

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Like his compatriot Messi, Di Maria continues to excel even in his thirties.

With twelve assists in this calendar year alone, he has surpassed everyone else in the Portuguese league in terms of creativity.

With his contract with Benfica set to expire at the end of the season, rumors are swirling about a possible sensational move to Inter Miami.

Such a transfer would undoubtedly add excitement to the mix.

3. Dries Mertens – 12 assists

Since leaving Napoli in 2022, the Belgian forward has maintained his stellar performances for Galatasaray.

In the 2023/24 season alone, he has already made a significant contribution with 25 goals.

He has also provided 12 assists since the start of the year, seven of which have come in his last seven appearances.

2. Oussama Idrissi – 13 assists

After spending most of his career in the Eredivisie, Idrissi made the move to Mexico last summer and has flourished ever since.

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The Dutch winger has proven to be a remarkable addition to Pachuca. He provided a whopping thirteen assists in 2024 alone, narrowly missing out on first place.

1. Kevin De Bruyne – 15 assists

De Bruyne is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to assists.

Since returning from injury, the Man City playmaker has been in excellent form, averaging one assist every 91 minutes.

It will take significant efforts to dethrone him from the top spot anytime soon.

Messi gives Inter Miami a boost with monster April

Sports short recently reported on Messi’s incredible performances for Inter Miami last April.

He made an immediate impact after returning from injury, scoring six goals and four assists last month.

He recorded back-to-back braces against Nashville and New England.