Lionel Messi: What's the record for most assists in a Ligue 1 season?

Lionel Messi‘s debut season at Paris Saint-Germain came to an end on Saturday evening.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner played the full 90 minutes as his side thrashed Metz 5-0 at the Parc Des Princes.

Kylian Mbappe, who officially signed a new contract just before the match, notched a hat-trick, with Neymar and the departing Angel Di Maria the other scorers on the night.

Messi was unlucky not to get a goal himself, the little magician hitting the woodwork for the 11th time this season in the second half.

But he did add another assist to his tally, which means he’s finished on 14 for the 2021/22 league season – which isn’t bad at all.

After taking a look at Messi’s stats for the campaign, a thought popped into our heads; how high does the Argentine rank in terms of the best individual Ligue 1 seasons for assists?

So we decided to head over to Transfermarkt and find out the answer to that question…

Lionel Messi & Neymar with PSG
Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Clermont v Paris St Germain – Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France – April 9, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi and Neymar celebrate a goal which is later disallowed for offside REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The 20 players with the most assists in a Ligue 1 season

=19. James Rodriguez (AS Monaco, 2013/14) – 13 assists in 34 games

=19. Javier Pastore (PSG, 2014/15) – 13 assists in 34 games

18. Juninho (Lyon, 2005/06) – 13 assists in 32 games

=16. Dimitri Payet (Marseille, 2017/18) – 13 assists in 31 games

=16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, 2015/16) – 13 assists in 31 games

15. Neymar (PSG, 2017/18) – 13 assists in 20 games

14. Morgan Sanson (Marseille, 2016/17) – 14 assists in 37 games

13. Julien Feret (Rennes, 2011/12) – 14 assists in 35 games

12. Teji Savanier (Nimes, 2018/19) – 14 assists in 32 games

=10. Angel Di Maria (PSG, 2019/20) – 14 assists in 26 games

=10. Lionel Messi (PSG, 2021/22) – 14 assists in 26 games

Messi & Di Maria with PSG
Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Metz – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – May 21, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their fifth goal with Lionel Messi REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, 2013/14) – 15 assists in 33 games

8. Morgan Amalfitano (Lorient, 2010/11) – 16 assists in 38 games

7. Jeremy Menez (PSG, 2011/12) – 17 assists in 33 games

=5. Dimitri Payet (Lille, 2012/13) – 18 assists in 38 games

=5. Eden Hazard (Lille, 2011/12) – 18 assists in 38 games

4. Marvin Martin (Sochaux, 2010/11) – 18 assists in 37 games

3. Angel Di Maria (PSG, 2015/16) – 18 assists in 29 games

2. Kylian Mbappe (PSG, 2021/22) – 19 assists in 35 games

  1. Dimitri Payet (Marseille, 2014/15) – 21 assists in 36 games
Payet in action with Marseille
Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Olympique de Marseille v OGC Nice – Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France – March 20, 2022 Olympique de Marseille’s Dimitri Payet reacts REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Messi is joint-tenth on the list alongside Di Maria’s impressive 2019/20 campaign.

Payet is both the only player to feature in the top five twice and the only player to surpass 20 assists in a single Ligue 1 season.

Not bad, Dimitri.

Will a fully-adapted Messi be able to get near Payet’s total of 21 in 2022/23? You certainly wouldn’t put it past him, especially now that he’s guaranteed to be playing with Mbappe.

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