PSG's Argentina ace has started the season in fine form for club and country
Last season wasn’t Messi’s best. His performances in his first year at PSG were widely questioned, leading to suggestions he was over the hill.
But at the start of the new campaign, Messi has been a match winner once more. He’s already won one trophy: France’s Trophée des Champions.
In 22/23, Messi has 10 goals and eight assists for club and country. He's the assist leader in Europe’s major leagues, having supplied seven in Ligue 1.
No player has set up more goals this calendar year. Messi has a total of 20 assists, ahead of Kevin de Bruyne (18) and Ousmane Dembélé (16).
With Argentina, Messi is spearheading the Albiceleste’s pursuit of the only trophy he’s missing: the World Cup.
The Argentines have built an excellent side that’s making history: they’ve equalled the second-longest unbeaten run in international soccer.
Lionel Scaloni’s men are undefeated in 35 games, emulating the streaks enjoyed by Spain from 2007 to 2009, and Brazil from 1993 to 1996.
Italy went 37 matches unbeaten between 2018 and 2021 - so Argentina are just three games away from setting a new record.
With 90 international goals now to his name, Messi continues to excel for a country that heads into the World Cup as one of the chief favourites.
At 35, Messi is approaching retirement age. Could Qatar 2022 be his last major tournament? All eyes will be on the Argentine.