The incredible Messi Stats from Argentina’s Copa America Triumph
Lionel Messi won the golden boot, had the most assists also winning the player of the tournament for Copa America 2021 in an incredible campaign. We look at the stats which show how Messi dominated Copa America 2021 and helped Argentina end their 28-year-old trophy drought.
Most goals contributed: Lionel Messi contributed 9 out of the 12 goals that Argentina scored and was heavily involved in the other 3 goals, highlighting the impact the Barcelona star had on Argentina ending their 28-year-old trophy drought. The next best player had 5 goal contributions, further showing how Messi was head and shoulders ahead of the rest in South America’s premium Championship.
Most Goals scored: Messi scored 4 goals which was the joint highest with Colombia’s Luis Diaz in Copa America 2021, however, Messi won the golden boot after having more assists than Diaz.
Most shots and shots on target: Lionel Messi attempted 28 shots with 11 of those on target, both of which were the most by a player in Copa America 2021, the Rosario native scored 2 goals from direct freekicks and was fouled 23 times (the third most behind Neymar and Christian Cueva).
Most assists: The 6-time Ballon d’or winner assisted 5 goals for La Albiceleste, which was also the most by a player in Copa America 2021. Despite being heavily marked and under the constant attention from rival defenders, Messi still consistently made the difference highlighting his undoubted quality.
Most chances created and 2nd most big chances created: Lionel Messi created 21 chances for his teammates, which was also the most by a player in Copa America 2021. The 34-year-old’s tally of 6 big chances created was bettered only by Neymar.
Most through balls: Most players do not attempt 9 through balls in a 38-game league season, however, Messi the phenomena that he is made 9 through passes in 7 matches, highlighting his laser-like vision and impeccable passing.
2nd Most Dribbles completed: Despite now being 34 and written off as finished at the start of the 2020/21 season, Messi still showcased his dancing boots completing 34 dribbles, just 1 less than Neymar. However, the Argentine superstar had a dribble success rate of 68%, which was around 17% better than Neymar and best among top 10 dribblers in Copa America 2021.
1 International Trophy Won: Lionel Messi won his first International trophy with Argentina in his 10th attempt ending years of heartbreak and anguish in which he twice came close to retiring from national duty.