Lionel Messi ‘s poor start with PSG has had an impact on his statistics, with his conversion rate now ranking second-worst among all players in Europe’s top five leagues.
In Europe’s top five divisions, the Argentine has the second-worst shots-to-goals ratio of any player.
Despite having tried 44 attempts since joining the club, Lionel Messi has only scored once for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in Ligue 1.
After sustaining an injury at the start of the season, Messi battled to regain full fitness, but he is again fully fit.
He has six assists in the domestic league, but his goal-scoring form in the Champions League has been significantly better, with five goals in five games.
With his meager one-goal return a huge surprise, the former Barcelona star will no doubt be hoping for a turnaround in form for the league leaders.
In the 4-0 triumph over Reims on Sunday night, he managed to provide an assist, but there is concern in Paris that everything is not well.
Messi and his family are said to have struggled to settle in Paris, and there’s a chance that any off-the-field distractions are to blame for his poor play.
The 34-year-old went to Spain on Monday for Xavi’s birthday celebrations on Tuesday night, but declined to comment on a potential return to the Nou Camp.
World-class attackers aim to convert nearly one out of every four attempts.
And, of course, Messi’s dribbling and passing talents have earned him a reputation for creating as well as scoring goals.
Messi has been silent on recent reports that he may return to Barcelona.
However, if his overall standards do not improve, it’s not impossible that PSG would welcome his departure in the summer.
Only Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo, who has 46 Premier League shots, is a worse finisher than the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, on the other hand, is certain that Messi can change his fortunes in France.
“How is Messi not going to succeed?” said the World Cup champion.
“He hasn’t scored many goals, so it’s just a period of adjustment.”
“But take a look at what he can do on the field.” In any event, you can’t criticize a player like that; anyone who criticizes Messi lacks football knowledge.”
When everyone is talking about Messi, statements like Karim Benzema’s booth out. On the other hand, his arch-rival, Ronaldo, is expected to perform at the best level possible, with no lapses or excuses…