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Bookmakers Make Lionel Messi Favourite Instantly to be the Top Scorer in Ligue 1 This Season

Published: Aug 11, 7:07am Last Updated: Aug 11, 11:15am 0 Comments 93 Views

Lionel Messi could be Ligue 1 Top Scorer for PSG this season

Bookmakers have taken no chances with Lionel Messi becoming Ligue 1 top scorer this season following his move from Barcelona, where he has broken all scoring records in his lifetime career at the club.

Messi is given a 40% chance of scoring more goals than any other Ligue 1 player ahead of his PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, demonstrating the power in the French capital side's forward line.

PSG are given a 90% chance of winning the league with odds of just 1/10 and they are joint-favourites with Manchester City to win the Champions League.

The top three players in the betting for top scorer in Ligue 1 this season all play for PSG, which underlines their favouritism to win the league for the 8th time in 10 seasons.

Ligue 1 Top Scorer Betting Odds

Player Club Odds Probability
Lionel Messi PSG 6/4 40%
Mbappe PSG 7/4 36%
Neymar PSG 11/1 8%
Arkadiusz Milik Marseille 14/1 6%
Wissam Ben Yedder Monaco 14/1 6%

Messi's Prolific Scoring Record

Messi has gained legendary status not only at Barcelona and in Spain, but worldwide with his incredible scoring record during a career playing only for Barcelona.

Coming through the ranks at the club playing for the B and C teams Messi showed his promise with 11 goals in 32 games across three seasons before moving to the a-Team and making his name.

In total Messi scored 474 goals in 520 appearances for Barcelona, scoring on average a goal every 1.09 games!!

Messi never failed to score fewer than 20 league goals per season in each of the last 13 years, picking up the La Liga Top Scorer title no fewer than 8 times.

Lionel Messi Scoring Record

Season Appearances Goals Goals per Game
2008/9 31 23 0.74
2009/10 35 34 0.97
2010/11 33 31 0.93
2011/12 37 50 1.35
2012/13 32 46 1.43
2013/14 31 28 0.90
2014/15 38 43 1.13
2015/16 33 26 0.78
2016/17 34 37 1.08
2017/18 36 34 0.94
2018/19 34 36 1.05
2019/20 33 25 0.75
2020/21 35 30 0.85
Total 442 443 1.00

Prolific Threat

Messi may be 34 years old now, but any fears of a loss of ability, skill or speed are thrown to the wind when we consider last season with Barcelona, he still managed to fire off 196 shots, 90 of which were on target resulting in 30 goals.

Messi remains a significant attacking threat to any Ligue 1 sides defence despite his 34 years, demonstrated by his 90 shots on target last season at Barca.

Steve Madgwick - OLBG


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