Messi, Kane, Ronaldo: Who are the worst finishers in Europe this season?

Lionel Messi‘s shock move to PSG hasn’t exactly panned out just yet.

It was a seismic moment in the footballing world when Messi, the beating heart of Barcelona for years on end, was forced to say good-bye to Catalonia.

Riddled with mountains of debt thanks to years of egregious financial mismanagement, Barca were simply unable to register their talismanic forward and were left with no choice but to let him go.

It was PSG who would spread their arms the widest to welcome Messi, giving him the opportunity to reunite with close friend, Neymar.

On top of that, the tantalising prospect of Messi linking up with Kylian Mbappe was enough to set the hearts of football fans all over the globe a flutter.

Meanwhile, Messi’s eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, was making moves of his own as he spurned Manchester City in the 11th hour to return to his beloved Manchester United.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 19: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain seen during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig at Parc des Princes on October 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The Portuguese star arrived at Old Trafford amid a flurry of fevered fan-fair with a dream of driving United back to the top of the game.

Sadly, for both men, those moves have rather flopped. While Ronaldo has almost single-handedly kept United afloat at times, he and his teammates have struggled for consistency.

Messi, meanwhile, has shown glimpses of his genuine genius, but hasn’t been able to string together a run of good performances.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 26, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Now, according to a report in PlanetFootball, their seasons have been laid bare, with the duo featuring among the top ten worst finishers in Europe’s top five divisions.

Using the simple formula of comparing a players’ xG to their actual goals scored in their respective leagues so far, they were able to come up with a list of 10 wasteful warriors.

The 10 worst finishers in Europe this season

10. Lorenzo Insigne – 10.3xG, 7 goals scored
9. Gabriel Jesus – 5.3xG, 2 goals scored
8. Harry Kane – 11.3xG, 9 goals scored
7. Bryan Mbuemo – 6.3xG, 9 goals scored
6. Karim Oniswo – 6.3xG, 9 goals scored
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – 12.5xG, 9 goals scored
4. Tammy Abraham – 15.7xG, 12 goals scored
3. Lionel Messi – 6.6xG, 2 goals scored
2. Terem Moffi – 8.3xG, 23 goals scored
1. Burak Yilmaz – 9.3xG, 4 goals scored

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Now, of course, we need to tread lightly when using xG as a yard stick for finishing. There can be any number of reasons that a player may not match his expected ratio.

In the case of Abraham, especially, 11 goals is by no means a poor return.

However, it is still an alarming indicator of potential profligacy in front of goal and to see Ronaldo, Messi and Kane among the top ten was always going to be alarming.

Fortunately, there is still time to turn their season around and, with the obscene skill and talent they have their disposal, you simply wouldn’t put it past them.

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