Vinicius, Ronaldo, Messi: Which players reached 20 goals & 20 assists in a season?

Vinicius Junior was at his magnificent best during Real Madrid‘s 6-0 victory over Levante in La Liga.

The fleet-footed Brazilian scored a brilliant hat-trick and also contributed the assist for Karim Benzema‘s goal.

Vinicius was simply unstoppable at the Santiago Bernabeu and his numbers for the season now make for great reading if you’re a Real Madrid fan.

The former Flamengo forward has 21 goals and 20 assists to his name across all competitions in 2021/22, a return that’s right up there with the very best in the business.

Reaching the 20 mark in both departments in a single season is a seriously impressive feat and it’s certainly not one that’s achieved by a player regularly.

In fact, it’s only happened on 30 occasions in Europe’s top five leagues during the 21st century thus far, according to the figures on Transfermarkt.

Vinicius has joined a very exclusive club…

Vinicius Junior celebrates his goal for Real Madrid vs Sevilla
MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 28: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 28, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The 30 players to reach 20 goals & 20 assists in a single season

Thierry Henry (Arsenal, 2002/03) – 32 goals, 28 assists

Ronaldinho (Barcelona, 2005/06) – 26 goals, 24 assists

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, 2006/07) – 23 goals, 22 assists

Frank Lampard (Chelsea, 2006/07) – 21 goals, 21 assists

Frank Lampard (Chelsea, 2008/09) – 20 goals, 21 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2010/11) – 53 goals, 27 assists

Lionel Messi with Barcelona in 2010
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring his fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at Camp Nou on April 6, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Nene (Paris Saint-Germain, 2010/11) – 20 goals, 23 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2011/12) – 72 goals, 31 assists

Eden Hazard (Lille, 2011/12) – 22 goals, 22 assists

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, 2012/13) – 20 goals, 21 assists

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund, 2013/14) – 23 goals, 22 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2014/15) – 58 goals, 30 assists

Lionel Messi with Barcelona in 2014
BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona with the match ball after scoring three goals during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on December 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 2014/15) – 59 goals, 23 assists

Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 2014/15) – 24 goals, 23 assists

Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 2015/16) – 58 goals, 23 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2015/16) – 39 goals, 23 assists

Neymar (Barcelona, 2015/16) – 31 goals, 25 assists

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) – 23 goals, 32 assists

Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates a goal for Borussia Dortmund
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Dortmund celebrate the second goal during the First Bundesliga match at between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on December 5, 2015 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images For MAN)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2016/17) – 54 goals, 20 assists

Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 2016/17) – 36 goals, 20 assists

Neymar (Barcelona, 2016/17) – 20 goals, 26 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2017/18) – 45 goals, 20 assists

Luis Suarez (Barcelona, 2017/18) – 31 goals, 20 assists

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2018/19) – 51 goals, 22 assists

Lionel Messi with Barcelona in 2018
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 06: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2019/20) – 31 goals, 27 assists

Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd, 2019/20) – 27 goals, 22 assists

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, 2019/20) – 20 goals, 20 assists

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, 2021/22) – 35 goals, 24 assists*

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig, 2021/22) – 34 goals, 20 assists*

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid, 2021/22) – 21 goals, 20 assists*

Vinicius Junior celebrates Real Madrid's win vs PSG
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 09: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates following their side’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Amazingly, eight of the 30 places on the list above are occupied by Messi, while four of them belong to his former partner-in-crime Suarez.

Ronaldo only features twice, although that’s not overly surprising when you remember his game is far more focused on goals over assists.

Neymar (x3) and Lampard (x2) are the other players who pop up on multiple occasions.

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