Stunning video emerges of Leo Messi's pre-assists for Barcelona that 'stats won't show'

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It's no secret that Lionel Messi's position is changing at Barcelona.

For most of his career the Argentine has played as a centre forward or right winger, but now, at the age of 31, he's transforming into a No.10.

Messi's goals haven't dried up for Barcelona - he's La Liga's top goalscorer this season on 16 - but he's started dropping deeper and deeper to pick up possession and dictate play.

And that's resulted in more chances created, with Messi's haul of 10 assists so far also making him the top provider in Spain.

It's a change in style that Messi detailed back in March 2018 during an interview with Pepsi, per ESPN.

"In the past year I have moved a bit deeper, getting to the goal from behind, unlike other years when I was more in the final third of the pitch," he said.

"So it's true that I have moved a few metres back, but still with the [same] idea of getting in the area and trying to score goals."

Messi is widely regarded as football's greatest ever player and a large part of that is because of how easily he's able to transition from an out-and-out goalscorer to a creative midfielder.


Every season he scores and assists more goals than most players in Europe and it's a wonder how many more he would have if pre-assists counted.

Pre-assists are the passes that directly lead to an assist and Messi has produced hundreds of them during his time at the Camp Nou.

Some of them are so good, in fact, that a Barcelona fan has created a video of goals Messi set up without being awarded the assist. Check it out.

Messi's vision is largely unparalleled in world football and after watching @Lionel10i_'s montage it makes complete sense that he's dropping deeper more often.

The Barcelona captain may be approaching 32 years old, but it's no exaggeration that he's only going to get better in his new role.

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