Lionel Messi has the best goal involvement of any player in Europe's top 5 leagues

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It's already been an eventful campaign across Europe's top five leagues this season.

The Premier League title race is hotting up very nicely with Liverpool and Manchester City exchanging blows, while Barcelona are having to ward off fresh challenges from Atletico and Real Madrid.

There's also plenty of tension in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund holding just a two point advantage over Bayern Munich, although the same can't be said about Serie A and Ligue 1.

Both Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain looked nailed on to retain their domestic titles with Napoli and Lille both trailing by sizeable margins.

The standout individual performers have been the usual suspects with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo boasting remarkable statistics and hoarding records by the month.

Europe's top five leagues

However, Kylian Mbappe is continuing to prove himself as the most exciting youngster in the sport, while players like Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah are exciting on the periphery. 

The European Golden Shoe competition is getting exciting and football fans have also been ranking the players by total number of assists, something that shines kindly on Joshua Kimmich.

Perhaps one of the most interesting way of ordering players is by combining both statistics, though, and assessing their overall 'goal involvement.'

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Goal involvement stats

That way, supporters can find a middle ground between out-and-out goalscorers and purely creative players to establish which athletes are having the biggest impacts on their team.

Well, taking league statistics from Whoscored.com, we've been able to draw up the list and it makes for impressive reading for Messi.

Any players with the same total will be ranked in accordance with their total minutes played - take a look at our full breakdown here:

1. Lionel Messi - 32 (22 goals and 10 assists)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 27 (19 goals and 8 assists)

3. Kylian Mbappe - 24 (18 goals and 6 assists)

4. Nicolas Pepe - 24 (16 goals and 8 assists)

5. Mohamed Salah - 24 (17 goals and 7 assists)

6. Sergio Aguero - 23 (17 goals and 6 assists)

7. Fabio Quagliarella - 22 (16 goals and 6 assists)

8. Eden Hazard - 22 (12 goals and 10 assists)

9. Edinson Cavani - 21 (17 goals and 4 assists)

10. Raheem Sterling - 21 (12 goals and 9 assists)

Wow. A huge margin of victory for Messi.

Not only does the Barcelona star have more goals than any of his European football rivals, but the joint most assists alongside Hazard and the understandably goal-shy Kimmich.

Ronaldo also boasts some incredibly impressive data and there's no shame in coming second amongst such a talented field of players, while Mbappe reiterates his pure brilliance with a bronze medal.

Perhaps some of the most admirable showings come from Pepe and Quagliarella, though, who are really making noise in Serie A.

Salah delivers the highest goal involvement out of everyone in the Premier League but Hazard and Sterling are particularly impressive when it comes to assists.

However, break it down anyway you like and it seems impossible to dethrone Messi from the top.

Who do you think has been the best player in the world this season? Have your say say in the comments section below.

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