The UEFA Champions League(UCL) is an annual club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions.
The performance of the best teams throughout a league can often be attributed to their star players and goalscorers; however, it is often the creative players who make the biggest difference at the end of the season. I’ve decided to investigate which players have made the biggest contribution to their team’s success this season getting on the assist sheets. I’ve gone through all the 2017-2018 Champions League matches and tracked every goal that was scored by the leading leagues in Europe this calendar year, to find out those creative players who have helped their clubs to the most goals.
The most assists in the Champions League since the beginning of the season are:
1. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – 15 goals, 6 assists
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 9 goals, 16 assists
3. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – 15 goals, 6 assists
4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 18 goals, 4 assists
5. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 21 goals, 2 assists
6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – 12 goals, 7 assists
7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 13 goals, 8 assists
8. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 14 goals, 5 assists
Top Four players:
Neymar is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He has been named the best player in the world twice by FIFA, in 2013 and in 2015, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.
2. Lionel Messi:
Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a playmaker. Often considered the best player in the world and regarded by Pelé as “the greatest footballer of all time”, Messi has won five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying four European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona, he has won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as four Copas del Rey. A prolific goalscorer, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga (365), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clásico (22),
Ronaldo has played for six different clubs during his career and he amassed over 650 career goals during this time. He won two Ballon d’Or awards, an all-time record among active players, as well as five Golden Shoe awards, also an all-time record. He is also a four-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Ronaldo holds many club records including the most goals scored in a season (50),
Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals in 16 games, but he also has nine assists to his name.
The Egyptian star has been involved in 22 of Liverpool’s 26 goals this season and has played more minutes than any other player at the club – which is why he was named their Player of the Month for October.
So, who are his closest challengers? We take a look at 20 players with the most assists in the Champions League since Salah scored his first goal against Feyenoord on September 18.