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Research Reveals Lionel Messi is Nearly Three Times Better Than Any Other Player in the World

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The study put together centres around the expected goals (xG) metric - and expected goals on target (xGOT), which are both linked.

?Sports media giants ?ESPN collected new data and put up a research on the best finisher in world football and it just goes on to compliment what ?FC Barcelona legend ?Lionel Messi has been doing year-in, year-out since his arrival on the biggest stage.

Furthermore, talking about goals from outside the box, Messi again tops the list as he has netted 16 times, after adding 6.04 worth of value to long-range open play shots, thus topping the list.

To basically put the approval seal stamp on his greatness and show how complete a player he is, the research says that Messi has completed 300 through balls since 2014, which is 127 more than the next player.

The Argentinean maestro has scored 12 more than his strike partner Luis Suarez from open play, this leading to 109.29 xGOT.

Here is the description statistical gurus Opta provides regarding the above: "The Expected Goals on Target model is built on historical on-target shots and includes the original xG of the shot as well as the goalmouth location where the shot ended up.

To continued, Messi's 120 goals from open play are more than than anyone else.
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