Lionel Messi, a football legend, started the 2022/23 season with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with a bang, after a disappointing previous campaign. In the initial nine competitive club matches, he scored four goals and provided seven assists, further adding to his already impressive list of records. Despite his individual success, Messi’s performance this season might be measured by a different metric, that is, the UEFA Champions League trophy. PSG, known for its high spending, has been longing for a European trophy for quite some time, and with Messi leading the way, their chances look better than ever.
This article provides an in-depth look at all of Lionel Messi’s stats for the 2022/23 season in various competitions such as Ligue 1, the Champions League and others. Messi, who is considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, has consistently raised the bar with his exceptional talent and remarkable performance. His impressive form at the start of this season is a clear indication that he is not slowing down anytime soon.
In the current season, Messi has once again demonstrated his exceptional skills, scoring goals and providing assists at an impressive rate. His performance has been crucial in helping PSG secure victories and maintain their position at the top of the table. Moreover, his contribution in the Champions League, a tournament that PSG has been targeting for many years, has been vital. With Messi in form, PSG has a genuine chance of winning the coveted trophy, which would be a great achievement for both the club and the player.
Lionel Messi goals 2022/23
Lionel Messi has made a strong start in the 2022/23 season, scoring 15 goals in 24 matches across all competitions. This is in stark contrast to last season where he scored only 6 goals in 26 Ligue 1 games. With his teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, facing injuries, Messi has had to step up and take on a larger role for PSG. He has lived up to the challenge, scoring a critical winning goal against Toulouse in early February, which helped PSG secure a come-from-behind victory despite their overall struggles. Messi’s performance has once again proven why he is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Last season also saw Messi struggle to convert his chances compared to usual, scoring 11 times across Ligue 1 and the Champions League from 16.68 Expected Goals (xG).
Total goals in 2022/23 across all competitions: 15
Messi, as we know, is far more than a goalscorer. Indeed, he creativity in setting up others to find the net is practically unrivalled.
So far this campaign, Messi has 14 assists in 23 matches for PSG coming at an average of 0.61 per 90 minutes.
At that pace, he should easily beat the 16 assists that he managed last campaign with the French champions and could even get close to breaking his single-season assist record of 33, set back in the 2011/12 campaign with Barcelona.
Total assists in 2022/23 across all competitions: 14
Lionel Messi passing stats 2022/23 (accuracy, passes into area, chances created etc.)
Messi’s assist average is so strong this season because of the number of chances he’s created per match.
A figure of 2.68 chances created per game is an increase from 2.46 last campaign, whilst he’s playing substantially more passes into the opposition’s penalty area as well.
Stats per 90 mins
Expected assists (Overall value)
Successful passes ending in final 3rd
Passes played into the box
Lionel Messi dribbling stats 2022/23
Perhaps the most eye-catching player in world football with the ball at his feet, Messi is still proving an absolute menace for opposition defences despite his advancing years.
What has particularly improved in his game so far this season under new coach Christophe Galtier is that Messi is proving a lot more prominent in the opposition’s box, which can only spell trouble for the other team.
Stats per 90 mins
Dribbles success rate
Touches in opposition box
Lionel Messi defensive stats 2022/23
Definitely the weakest part of Messi’s all-round game, the 35-year-old isn’t exactly known for his defensive work-rate. That said, his stats still remain relatively strong in this department this season compared to his output last campaign for PSG, especially both in terms of tackles won and duels won.