A recent list has revealed the top 10 players with the best percentage of man of the match awards per game over the last 15 years.
Topping the list by a significant margin is Lionel Messi, who has consistently been voted the best player on the pitch.
Messi won an impressive 324 man of the match awards in 628 games for Barcelona and PSG, giving him a remarkable percentage of 51.6% of matches played.
These numbers further solidify his status as an eight-time Ballon d’Or winner and arguably the greatest player ever.
In second place on the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times himself.
Ronaldo won 176 man of the match awards in 612 matches for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, giving him a percentage per game of 28.8%.
While Ronaldo is an exceptional player, he is still left trailing in Messi’s wake.
The podium is completed by Brazilian playmaker Neymar, who won man of the match in 26.8% of the games he played for Barcelona and PSG before joining Al-Hilal.
Neymar is currently sidelined with a knee injury and is not expected to play again until next season.
Also making the top five are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kylian Mbappe.
Erling Haaland and Harry Kane follow closely behind, with Haaland already winning 39 man of the match awards at the age of 23.
Kane, the only English player on the list, has taken home 98 man of the match awards in 463 appearances for Tottenham and Bayern Munich.
Rounding out the list are retired players Arjen Robben and Eden Hazard, along with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne, who recently returned from injury, has been a standout player for City under Pep Guardiola, helping the team win multiple league titles and the Champions League.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago