Lionel Messi stats 2022/23: PSG goals, assists and more

By | February 5, 2023

After a largely disappointing season compared to his usual sky-high standards, Lionel Messi began the 2022/23 campaign, his second with Paris Saint-Germain, in red hot form.

With four goals and seven assists across nine competitive club matches to start this term, the Argentina great continued to break records.

But his success this season may be judged in terms of a UEFA Champions League trophy instead of individual accolades as big-spending PSG look to end their long European trophy drought.

This is your one-stop shop for all Messi stats for 2022/23 in Ligue 1, the Champions League and more.

Stats correct as of February 5.

Lionel Messi goals 2022/23

As mentioned, Messi has hit the ground running this campaign, netting 15 goals after 24 matches across all competitions so far. For reference, the Argentine maestro netted just six times across 26 Ligue 1 games last term. 

Given injuries to teammates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at inopportune times, Messi has been forced to carry the load for PSG heading into Champions League play. He’s done just that, with a critical winner against Toulouse in early February to complete a come-from-behind victory despite PSG struggling on the whole.


Last season also saw Messi struggle to convert his chances compared to usual, scoring 11 times across Ligue 1 and the Champions League from 16.68 Expected Goals (xG).

Total goals in 2022/23 across all competitions: 15

Stats per 90 mins 2021/2022 2022/23
Goals 0.36 0.63
xG 0.54 0.58
Shots 3.72 4.37
Shots on target 1.26 1.96
Shot conversion rate 9.57% 14.29%

Lionel Messi assists 2022/23

Messi, as we know, is far more than a goalscorer. Indeed, he creativity in setting up others to find the net is practically unrivalled.

So far this campaign, Messi has 14 assists in 23 matches for PSG coming at an average of 0.61 per 90 minutes. 

At that pace, he should easily beat the 16 assists that he managed last campaign with the French champions and could even get close to breaking his single-season assist record of 33, set back in the 2011/12 campaign with Barcelona. 

Total assists in 2022/23 across all competitions: 14

Lionel Messi passing stats 2022/23 (accuracy, passes into area, chances created etc.)

Messi’s assist average is so strong this season because of the number of chances he’s created per match. 

A figure of 2.68 chances created per game is an increase from 2.46 last campaign, whilst he’s playing substantially more passes into the opposition’s penalty area as well. 

Stats per 90 mins 2021/22 2022/23
Expected assists (Overall value) 11.07 10.32
Chances created 2.46 2.8
Successful passes 57.26 52.38
Successful passes ending in final 3rd 25.85 23.47
Passes played into the box 6.5 9.01
Passing accuracy 86.9% 84.6%

Lionel Messi dribbling stats 2022/23

Perhaps the most eye-catching player in world football with the ball at his feet, Messi is still proving an absolute menace for opposition defences despite his advancing years. 

Messi PSG Toulouse 2022

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What has particularly improved in his game so far this season under new coach Christophe Galtier is that Messi is proving a lot more prominent in the opposition’s box, which can only spell trouble for the other team. 

Stats per 90 mins 2021/22 2022/23
Dribbles completed 2.81 2.99
Dribbles success rate 61.7% 57.26%
Total carries 25.56 27.8
Progressive carries 12.75 12.49
Touches in opposition box 4.63 5.98

Lionel Messi defensive stats 2022/23

Definitely the weakest part of Messi’s all-round game, the 35-year-old isn’t exactly known for his defensive work-rate. That said, his stats still remain relatively strong in this department this season compared to his output last campaign for PSG, especially both in terms of tackles won and duels won. 

Stats per 90 mins 2021/22 2022/23
Tackles won 0.1 0.67
Interceptions 0.13 0.1
Possession won 2.52 2.23
Duels won 4.88 5.44