Top 10 players for goals and assists – with Mo Salah challenging Lionel Messi

The best attacking players in Europe have been ranked by their combined goals and assists since August 2017.

Just three current Premier League players make the list with two playing their football in Spain, two in Italy, two in France and one in Germany.

The list shows just how vital Mohamed Salah has been to Liverpool since he joined from Roma for an initial £36m in June 2017, with only Lionel Messi managing more first-hand contributions to goals.

The 27-year-old Egyptian has netted 68 times in 97 outings while providing 24 assists for his colleagues, with the Reds set to add Premier League to their Champions League crown.

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In tenth place sits PSG forward Neymar, who has 47 goals and 26 assists to his name in just 52 appearances.

Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang comes in ninth with 62 goals and 13 assists in 90 outings, which comes in level with Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine has also managed 75 goal contributions, finding the back of the net 58 times and adding 17 assists.

Messi leads the pack with 88 goals and 37 assists in 90 fixtures, which is 32 more than Salah in seven fewer fixtures.

Ciro Immobile comes in third and is followed by Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Kylian Mbappe, with the original debate sparked by Jamie Carragher’s thoughts over Salah’s influence.

He said on Monday Night Football: “I think Mo Salah is seen as world class by those on the outside but with Liverpool fans I think he is a little bit underappreciated.

"Certainly going from that first season to what he is doing now, there has been a bit of a dip. But he was never going to score another 47 goals in a season.

"Speaking to Liverpool fans and looking at social media, I think Liverpool have got six world-class players.

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"I think they have the goalkeeper, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah.

"I think if you asked Liverpool fans whether they would take big money for the other five, they would all say no, no matter what the money.

"There is no way they would sell Alisson or Van Dijk. But if you offered them £130m for Salah, they would think about it.

"That is why I say he is under appreciated."

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