LIONEL MESSI’s plight at PSG includes a staggering stat.
The Barcelona legend has the second-worst shot-to-goal conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues – a goal from 44 attempts.
Only Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo was a less successful finisher than the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, scoring one of his 46 shots in the Premier League.
World-class attackers expect to convert almost one in four attempts.
And of course, Messi’s dribbling and passing skills mean he’s as famous as his goalscorers and goalscorers.
But the 34-year-old’s form – and arguably his mood – has declined since he moved to the Nou Camp in the summer.
It is claimed that he is unhappy with the style of play of the Ligue 1 leaders under Maurcio Pochettino.
Messi proved his sixth assist of the Ligue 1 campaign as an extra in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat of Reims.
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But having struggled to deal with early-season injuries, it’s really only in the Champions League that he has re-established his influence at Barca.
Messi has scored 5 goals in many matches in Europe’s top domestic league.
He returned to Spain this week for the birthday of Nou Camp coach Xavi, sure to revive magical memories of their connection as teammates.
Messi declined to comment on recent talk of rejoining Barca.
But if his all-round standards have not improved, it is not surprising that PSG will be delighted to see him leave in the summer.
However, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has no doubt that Messi will turn the tide of the French team.
France’s World Cup winner says: “How did Messi fail?”
“It’s just an adaptation period, because he hasn’t scored many goals yet.
“But look at what he does on the pitch.
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