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From Lionel Messi to Angel di Maria: Know which players have provided the most assists in football history

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has provided the most assists in football. The Argentina captain recorded a hat-trick of assists for his new club against Saint Etienne to get his first assist in Ligue 1. With 355 assists in his career, Messi is far ahead of the second player on the list.

His hat-trick of assists for PSG was the fifth instance in his career where the six-time Ballon d'Or winner provided three assists in a single game. Furthermore, Messi also became the first player to rack up a hat-trick of assists for two different clubs, having previously done it for FC Barcelona.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil tops the list for most hat-trick assists in football. Ozil has done it on eight occasions, while another former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas follows the German having provided a hat-trick of assists six times in his career.

Messi is also the top assist provider in the history of Spanish La Liga. The 34-year-old forward has tallied a whopping 193 assists in Spain’s top-tier football league; a number which is significantly higher than the second-placed Xavi (117) on the list.

Meanwhile, Messi’s former teammate and current Atletico Madrid frontman, Luis Suarez is joint-second on the list of most assists in football. The Uruguayan has recorded a total of 277 assists to date. Bayern Munich’s creative engine, Thomas Muller is tied alongside the Atletico forward with 277 career assists.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is fourth on the list with 272 assists. Following the Portugal captain is his former Real Madrid teammate Angel di Maria. The PSG winger has provided 267 assists in his career. 

Most assists in football

Player Team Assists
Lionel Messi Paris Saint-Germain 355
Luis Suarez Atletico Madrid 277
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 277
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 272
Angel di Maria Paris Saint-Germain 267

*All stats as per

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Featured photo: AFP / Jeff Pachoud

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