Barcelona

Stats Show Neymar is Already Creating More Chances Than Lionel Messi Did Last Season

Stats Show Neymar is Already Creating More Chances Than Lionel Messi Did Last Season

With Lionel Messi currently on the injury table, the burden of becoming Barcelona’s main attraction has fallen at the quick feet of Brazil international Neymar.

And the stats are already showing that Luis Enrique was right to put his faith in the former Santos striker.

Neymar bagged 22 goals last season and finally showed glimpses of his true untapped potential as Barcelona won the Champions League, the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.

And the 23-year-old has continued his hot streak going into 2016, averaging 3.35 chances created per 90 minutes in La Liga, as per barcablaugranes.com.

What’s more impressive is that Neymar’s seemingly faultless teammate Messi averaged just 2.48 chances per game last season.

Neymar also leads the La Liga goalscoring table this season, surpassing Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema with nine goals.

The Argentina ace may remain the best footballer in the world and of course he will slot right back into his position as Barca’s main man when he returns to full fitness…

But the statistics don’t lie and it’s clear that Neymar is emerging as a real force to be reckoned with.

More in Barcelona

Video: Barcelona Stars Pique, Ter Stegen & Roberto Test Out Audi Piloted Drive

Nicky BoyleNovember 25, 2015

Video: Luis Enrique’s Priceless Reaction to Luis Suarez’s Second Goal vs Roma

Stuart HyndNovember 24, 2015

Video: Barcelona Fans Boo Champions League Anthem After Being Fined By UEFA

Stuart HyndNovember 24, 2015

Extreme Security Measures Taken To Ensure Safety at Real Madrid v Barcelona On Saturday

Nicky BoyleNovember 18, 2015

Video: Cheeky! Neymar Offers His Shirt to the Referee After Brazil Thump Peru 3-0

Stuart HyndNovember 18, 2015

Lionel Messi’s New Boots Unveiled Ahead of His Return Against Real Madrid

Nicky BoyleNovember 17, 2015

Rivaldo: Forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi… Neymar Deserves the Ballon d’Or

Stuart HyndNovember 10, 2015

Spanish FA Ban Neymar From Wearing Headband During Games as it Advertises Nike

Daniel CawNovember 8, 2015

Video: Barcelona Squad Enjoy A Day At The Theme Park With Their Families

Nicky BoyleNovember 6, 2015