Lionel Messi, for many, is the greatest footballer to grace the game. The Argentine genius is a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and enjoyed a career that reached unprecedented heights.
Record after record fell as Messi claimed every major honor available in club football, scoring at a ridiculous rate to establish himself as the greatest goalscorer in the history of Barcelona and Spanish football.
Messi has been the figurehead for some of the greatest club football teams of all time, but the striker has had his fair share of elite talent as a team-mate in this era.
We decided to look at the five players who have produced the most assists for Lionel Messi.
Pedro – 25
Perhaps an overlooked presence in the great Barcelona teams of the era, Pedro was a valuable contributor as the Catalan side conquered both at home and in Europe.
A graduate of the La Masia system, he broke into the team in the 2008/09 season but had a real breakthrough the following campaign when he scored 23 goals in all competitions.
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That season, Pedro became the first player to score in six different club competitions in a single season, having scored in all three domestic competitions, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and World Cup FIFA clubs.
He shone when Barcelona won the Champions League in 2011, scoring the opening game of the final victory over Manchester United at Wembley.
The winger spent six seasons as a regular first-team starter at Camp Nou and scored 99 goals in 321 appearances before joining Chelsea in a £21.4million deal.
He helped Messi 25 times during their time together as teammates and won 20 trophies during his career in Catalonia.
Javier – 31 years old
The heartbeat of Barcelona’s top teams, Xavi was the midfield metronome who helped the tiki-taka take over European football.
Xavi’s 767 appearances for the club are second only to Messi, a man he provided 31 assists to during a long career as a brilliant tandem at Camp Nou.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 13, 2020
After emerging from the ranks of La Masia, he would establish himself as one of the greatest midfielders the game had seen, winning eight league titles, four Champions League trophies and Cup winner medals. of the World and the European Championship with Spain.
Xavi’s vision and passing range saw him become one of the best playmakers of all time and he set a new assist record after creating 20 goals in the 2008/09 season. Liga, a feat since eclipsed by Messi (21 – 2019/20).
Midfield magicians: the beating heart of Barcelona and Spain, Xavi
Andres Iniesta – 37 years old
The Xavi-Iniesta axis is deservedly one of the most praised combinations in footballing history, with the Spanish schemers having formed a unique understanding in Barcelona’s brilliant midfield.
Iniesta was often the conduit between midfield and the front line, possessing balletic grace as he leapt past challenges and threaded passes through opposition lines.
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He provided 37 assists for Messi during their time as teammates and won full match honors, becoming the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time during his Camp Nou career.
An integral part of Barcelona’s two treble-winning squads, Iniesta has often delivered in the biggest moments and holds the unique distinction of being named man of the match in a Champions League, European Championship and World Cup final.
Iconic duos: the royal duo of Tiki-Taka, Xavi and Iniesta
Dani Alves – 42 years old
Dani Alves and Messi worked brilliantly telepathically down Barcelona’s right flank, the latter ably backed by one of the best right-backs of his generation.
Alves racked up more than a century of assists in his eight seasons with Barcelona, almost half of them for Messi as the two South Americans shared a sublime understanding.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 2, 2021
Alves was a good footballer at both ends of the pitch and his combinations with Messi – including quick exchanges between opposition challenges – plagued full-backs for nearly a decade.
The 38-year-old is the most decorated player in football history with 43 trophies at senior level and recently returned to Barcelona to bolster the options available for former team-mate Xavi in Catalonia.
Luis Suarez – 47
Luis Suarez is leading the way for the assists provided to Lionel Messi, with both South American superstars having been part of an exhilarating forward line at Barcelona.
Suarez’s arrival from Liverpool saw him link up with Messi and Neymar at Camp Nou, with the trio’s devastating performances propelling Barcelona to a treble of success in the 2014/15 season.
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The Uruguayan scored 198 goals in all competitions in six seasons with the Catalans, with only Messi and Cesar Rodriguez scoring more in Barcelona colours.
He won four league titles and the Champions League during a prolific spell in Spain, including beating Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to finish as La Liga top scorer in 2015/16 after scoring 40 goals in just 35 games.
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