Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has provided the most assists in football. The Argentina captain took his tally to 368 assists with his two assists in the 3-0 win over Italy in the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions match on June 2.

Messi ended his maiden league campaign with PSG with 15 assists in 26 Ligue 1 outings. This includes a hat-trick of assists for his new club against Clermont Foot in April 2022.

His hat-trick of assists for PSG was the sixth 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, and Messi's recent hat-trick of assists saw him join former team-mate Cesc Fabregas on six career assist hat-tricks.

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.

Bayern Munich’s creative engine, Thomas Muller is second on the list with 287 career assists. Meanwhile, Messi’s former teammate and current Atletico Madrid frontman, Luis Suarez is third on the list of most assists in football. The Uruguayan has recorded a total of 277 assists to date. 

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 (current) Assists
Lionel Messi Paris Saint-Germain 368
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 287
Luis Suarez Atletico Madrid 277
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 272
Angel di Maria Paris Saint-Germain 267

*All stats as per

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