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‘Little interest’ – How does Messi confuse opponents? It’s magic

‘Less interested’ – How PSG superstar Messi confuses opponents & lulls them into a false sense of security


WHAT HAPPENED? The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner boasts a remarkable ability to drift in and out of games, with the Argentine icon able to flick a switch at any point and make a decisive contribution to proceedings. Few have been able to contain the obvious threat he poses, with former Barcelona team-mate Henry of the opinion that an all-time great has looked back to his best at Paris Saint-Germain in 2022-23.

WHAT THEY SAID: World Cup winner Henry has told Prime Video France: “Most defenders get confused because Messi always seems less interested at the start of games and then he changes the pace. I’ve played with him a couple of years and this season, Messi is in frightening form.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Following on from a relatively quiet debut campaign at PSG by his standards, Messi has registered 12 goals and 13 assists through 17 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions this season.



WHAT NEXT? PSG will be in Champions League action against Juventus on Wednesday, as they look to chase down an elusive European title, while Messi’s attention is starting to drift towards another shot at World Cup glory with his country.

Ligue 1 top scorers 2022-23: Mbappe, Neymar, Messi and Jonathan David in the Golden Boot race


Although Ligue 1 is generally dominated by Paris Saint-Germain, there has been the occasional surprise where players from other teams pulled off the unimaginable.

That was not the case in 2021-22, though, as Kylian Mbappe saw off Wissam Ben Yedder, Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembele to win the Ligue 1 Golden Boot.

Mbappe is among the favourites to win the coveted individual trophy once more this term, but he faces plenty of competition.

There’s PSG team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar who have been scoring at will throughout their careers, there’s the aforementioned Ben Yedder and the likes of Jonathan David a Lille and Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon are proven goal scorers, too.


And that’s not even taken into account surprise packages like Florian Sotoca, Folarin Balgun and Terem Mofi!

GOAL brings you a rundown of the leading goal scorers in Ligue 1 across the 2022-23 season.

Ligue 1 top scorers 2022-23

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain 11
2 Neymar Paris Saint-Germain 10
=3 Jonathan David Lille 9
4 Terem Moffi Lorient 8
=4 Martin Terrier Rennes 8
=4 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 8
7 Lionel Messi Paris Saint-Germain 7
=7 Folarin Balogun Reims 7
=7 Mama Balde Troyes 7
=7 Luis Openda Lens 7
11 Florian Sotoca Lens 6
=11 Elye Wahi Montpeiller 6
=11 Amine Gouiri Rennes 6
14 Tete Lyon 5
=14 Habibou Mouhamadou Diallo Strasbourg 5
=14 Andy Delort Nice 5
=14 Breel Embolo Monaco 5

Who finished as the Ligue 1 top scorer last season?

Kylian Mbappe is one of the star names in Ligue 1. He has finished as top scorer of Ligue 1 in the last four seasons, from 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Mbappe scored a whopping 28 goals in 35 league appearances last season, helping Les Parisiens to win the league.

Source: Goal

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